Construction of Hospital - Slideshow

This year marked 20 years since the opening of Western Isles Hospital. The hospital, which took two years to build and cost £32million, first opened to patients in September 1992, providing elderly, psychiatric and acute services all on one site, as well as housing the school of nursing and an accredited GP vocational scheme.

The new facilities, which were officially opened by Lord of the Isles, HRH Prince Charles, on March 26, 1993, replaced the old County and Lewis Hospitals in Stornoway, both of which were over 100 years old at that time.

As reported in the May 1993 issue of Slàinte: "The Prince was welcomed to the Hospital by Western Isles Health Board Chairman Marie MacMillan, with members of the Board and Unit Management Team.

"He was then escorted on his tour by Unit General Manager Brian Liddle and was introduced to patients and members of staff, with whom he spent some time chatting.

"The tour included the psychiatric area, the Day Hospital, the Rehabilitation Department, the League of Friends Hospital radio, the Macmillan Nurses, the Surgical Ward, Medical Ward, Maternity and Mixed Specialty Wards.

"At the end of his one-hour tour, the prince unveiled a commemorative plaque in the main concourse area and signed a photograph of himself, which is later to be displayed in a prominent area.

"He said he had been extremely impressed by what he had seen and was especially pleased to hear that the new hospital ensured patients now receive their care locally, rather than having to travel to the mainland for treatment

Many thanks to: Mairi Macdonald, Works and Estates Department, Western Isles Hospital, for taking the time to find these photographs.

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