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Significant step forward for Barra and Vatersay: Proposed health and social care Hub

Published on 26 Sep 2017

Plans for the proposed new £18.2 million health and social care Hub in Barra demonstrate the long-term investment in safe and sustainable health and social care services for the residents and visitors to the islands of Barra and Vatersay, reports NHS Western Isles.

This comes as plans for the proposed Hub, which will replace the existing St. Brendan’s Hospital and Care Home, were recently submitted by NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to the Scottish Government Capital Investment Group for consideration.

The proposed Hub is expected to consist of three individual single in patient rooms, resuscitation bays, consulting rooms, GP services, Scottish Ambulance Service, community nursing, dental services and social care services in one integrated central location. The Hub will also include 10 housing with extra care units comprising eight static and two flexible single-person units enabling residents to feel safe and supported whilst maintaining their independence and providing support in what will be their own home.

Neil Galbraith, NHS Western Isles Chair, said “This is a huge step forward for Barra and is a substantial proposal for the Outer Hebrides.  

“Through previous consultation, the community made their views clear that there was a need for a new hospital and the proposed Hub will provide a modern fit-for purpose facility that will improve the health and social care user experience for patients and their families whilst enabling safe ways of working for our staff and partner organisations.”

Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, said ''I am delighted that we have reached this important stage. The Comhairle and ourselves recognise the unique nature of this hub and the potential to deliver on our objectives to care for individuals where at all possible in their own homes and their own community. Everyone has worked extremely hard and we have been very fortunate that six members of the Barra and Vatersay community, clinical and social care staff have represented their islands throughout the consultation and planning process.  This demonstrates the high level of public and staff engagement and participation we have undertaken with the local community. 

 A response from Capital Investment Group is expected in October and if approved will progress to a very detailed Full Business Case being submitted.