Excellent turnout at St Brendan's public meeting cont...

To ensure ongoing involvement of members of the Barra community and St Brendan's staff, regular staff meetings and workshops will be held and another public meeting in Barra will take place around the same time as the next Project Board meeting, which will be held in Barra at the end of March.

With regard to the Health Board's current position, the plan is to progress the option of a facility on the current site, with the GP Surgery and Scottish Ambulance Service.

In relation to the social care facility, the Comhairle is currently exploring three options; houses of multiple occupancy, studio apartments with no communal space and studio apartments with communal space. Care input and support would be provided on an individual client basis.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Director of Social and Community Services, Iain MacAulay said: "Importantly, the redesign of both accommodation and support must ensure that service users' living arrangements are both safe and secure, with care provided to meet a broad range of individual needs. The proposed models take account of the vulnerability of older people and will have care staff based within the new facility 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, similar to what exists within the current care home of St Brendan's."

To progress work on the current site, a critical technical appraisal of the site adjacent to St Brendan's is being carried out.

Current documentation on the St Brendan's modernisation project is available from the NHS Western Isles website homepage http://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/ by clicking on the 'St Brendan's' icon on the bottom right hand side of the page.