A dedicated NHS 24 service has been established within the Western Isles Hospital and is now operating.
Part of the ongoing development of local healthcare services,the local presence within the Stornoway hospital as been established in close partnership with NHS Western Isles with a commitment to bring out of hours healthcare closer to local patients wherever possible.
Now up and running the new service follows similar schemes which have recently been successfully implemented in Orkney, Shetland, Fife and the Scottish Borders.
John Turner, Chief Executive of NHS 24, explained “We are delighted that NHS 24 now has a local service presence in the Western Isles, and we look forward to developing it further.
“We are very much aware of the healthcare needs of communities across Scotland. This local presence in Western Isles is an important development to enable healthcare professionals to provide care closer to where patients need it.
“Patient safety is always our first priority and this commitment will allow people to speak to a nurse based in the Western Isles wherever possible.”
Gordon Jamieson, Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles said of the new NHS 24 service: “This development will expand the range of options for patients and carers in the Western Isles. Many local people who require clinical help or advice from NHS 24 will now be able to speak to a locally based nurse.”