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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 central location.


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.”


Plans for new £18 million hospital and care home

27 Sept 2017