The official stamp of approval from the Scottish Government to proceed to the next significant step in the process to replace St Brendan’s has been welcomed by NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
The Investment in Health and Social Care in Barra and Vatersay – Initial Agreement was approved by the Scottish Health Directorate’s Capital Investment Group.
The next stage in the process to replace St Brendan’s will be the preparation of an outline business case. This process is now underway.
NHS Western Isles will be establishing a section on its public website where all relevant documentation on the process to replace St Brendan’s will be available. This will be available shortly from the homepage at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk
NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “I am delighted that we have achieved another important step to deliver a new facility.
“Next steps will continue at a pace and I am grateful for the ongoing invaluable input from the St Brendan’s Working Group.”
Health Secretary Alex Neil commented: “This Government is committed to developing purpose built, modern community health and social care facilities for our rural communities.
“By giving initial agreement for this Community Resource Hub we hope to deliver sustainable and integrated services in the Western Isles area.
“In addition to this by replacing the St Brendan’s hospital the project will also ensure that patients in the area are treated in the best possible surroundings.”
The Initial Agreement was developed in partnership between NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
It describes the supporting case for the proposed investment in health and social care services for the populations of Barra and Vatersay.
The aim is to develop a model of care to facilitate improvements in quality and efficiency, by creating a ‘joined up’ approach between the two organisations through the creation of a ‘community resource hub’ which would include social care as well as primary, community and hospital healthcare services.
The Initial Agreement document is available at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/publications/policies-and-strategies