Proposals to change mental health services will be aired at consultation events in
Benbecula and Barra.
The health board’s preferred change is to provide a fully community-based service
with better links across agencies.
There would be provision for access to beds for up to 72 hours in all three hospitals
across the Western Isles, staffed by community mental health team members.
Longer term hospitalisations would be in mainland centres.
This option was backed by a special assessment panel, made up of patients, caregivers
and providers, in December. It is also supported by the Integration Joint Board and
the NHS board.
Mental health services redesign in Uist and Barra
6 April 2017
An alternative idea is to have a community based service without hospital beds beyond
accommodating people for a very short time before transfer to a mainland hospital.
Another option is to implement the NHS changes proposed in 2013 to reduce the number
of mental health and dementia beds in Stornoway, increase slightly the community
mental health service, and not change the role of the other agencies involved in
mental health care
NHS Western Isles said: “We are doing this work because we believe we can make the
services better by redesigning them, and have asked for the help and input of service
users, caregivers, and service providers in doing so.”
Consultation meetings are taking place in Barra on 19th April and the following day