A response over an outline business case is expected next month for a new £18.2 million
facility to replace St Brendan’s hospital and care home in Barra.
If the Scottish Government approves the preliminary submission then work on building
up a detailed full financial and business plan will be undertaken.
St Brendan’s has been described as “completely unacceptable” for modern standards
by health board bosses.
The existing facility at Horve outside Castlebay includes a 10-bedroom care home
and five-bed hospital, including general admissions and palliative and respite care.
The building was erected around 1980 and now falls woefully short of national standards.
The proposed replacement 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
In place of the present care home, there would be a sheltered housing complex with
10 self-contained supported-living flats with ensuite bathrooms and showers.
Neil Galbraith, NHS Western Isles chairman, said: “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: “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.”