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A revised business case to construct a new hospital and care home in Castlebay has been submitted to the Scottish Government.

Proposals for an health and social care hub have been brought forward under a partnership between Western Isles Health Board and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The existing crumbling facility at St Brendan’s has been described as “completely unacceptable” for modern standards by health board bosses.

A new build was very urgently required ten years ago but delays set in.

The existing facility includes a 10-bedroom care home and five-bed hospital. The building was erected around 1980 and now falls woefully short of national standards.

A health board docment said: “These proposals look to challenge deficits in the accommodation and environment at St. Brendan’s Hospital.

“These deficits have been recognised for some time and currently present risks to the quality of care.

“Realising these improvements is the priority for NHS Western Isles and any new development will need to respond to all these concerns in a timely way.”

The business plan states: “While the existing care home currently meets required standards, it has significant environmental weaknesses and limited personalised and flexible living space.  

“There are issues of privacy and dignity with no en-suite facilities and difficulties manoeuvring users with mobility issues.   

“Any solution will need to support efficient processes and support closer working between health and social care teams.”




Proposal for new Barra hospital lodged with Scottish Government

5 Sept 2017

A new-build facility would replace the current hospital and care home