Next steps for St Brendan’s replacement

At recent meetings of both the Health Board and Comhairle approval was given for the St Brendan’s project to progress to the next important stage.

Western Isles Health Board approved the St Brendan’s Outline Business Case (OBC) for the re-provision of health and social care facilities in Barra. The Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee and full council allocated additional capital resources to the project and delegated authority to the Chief Executive to approve the OBC.

Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles, Gordon Jamieson, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have reached this very important stage in the project. The Outline Business Case contains detailed information about what the new facilities could look like in the future.

“Providing new and modern healthcare facilities in Barra is one of the key priorities for the Health Board and the approval of the OBC brings us a significant step closer to achieving this goal.”

Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Malcolm Burr, said: “The Comhairle is pleased to be involved in this innovative partnership approach to developing 21st century health and social care facilities for the people of Barra. The Health and Social Care Hub will facilitate flexible, personalised care in a homely environment.”

The next stage in the project will be for the OBC to be presented to the Scottish Government Capital Investment Group in July for approval. Following that, the next stage would be to develop a Full Business Case.

The next St Brendan’s event for the local community is a drop-in session and is set to take place on Friday 1st August between 10am and 12.30pm.