Highlands & Islands

Plan to avoid delays on new Skye hospital

Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital
The new hospital would replace Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital

An independent adjudicator could be asked to have the final say on the location for a new hospital to serve Skye, Lochalsh and south west Ross.

Kate Earnshaw, of NHS Highland, told a meeting of community council representatives that it could be a way of avoiding delays in the project.

The health board has proposed building a new hospital to replace Skye's two existing hospitals.

A steering group has been set up to push the plan forward.

There is a demand for a new facility as Portree Community Hospital and Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford will fail to meet modern standards in the near future.

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