A turf-cutting ceremony tomorrow (Friday 9 August) will mark the construction of Broadford's new community hospital.
The ceremony will be held at the designated site between the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and the Broadford Health Centre and will commemorates the first steps in the construction of the 24-bed hospital ‘hub’ on Skye.
Construction is expected to begin on Monday 19 August.
The turf-cutting event, which will start at 1pm, will be attended by NHS Highland’s Interim Chair, Professor Boyd Robertson, the board’s Chief Operating Officer David Park, and Michael Padzinski, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland Ltd, the driving force behind the project.
Stakeholders and partner agencies, members of the steering group, local MPs, MSPs, councillors and representatives of the design team from hub North Scotland and NHS Highland will be in attendance also.
The new facility, due to be completed in 2021, is part of a redesign of health and social care services on Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross (SLSWR) that will include alterations or refurbishment to the Portree Hospital building; the Broadford and Kyle Health Centres; and the strengthening of palliative and end-of-life care in the area.
NHS Highland’s Interim Chair, Professor Boyd Robertson, said: “The new hospital will be a pivotal part of our programme of modernisation and transformation of the delivery of healthcare in the area which has already seen substantial progress towards implementation of the Sir Lewis Ritchie recommendations for north Skye, Raasay and Glenelg.
“We look forward eagerly to providing the high-quality sustainable services that the community deserves. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution that local communities across SLSWR have made in helping to develop the wider health and social care redesign for the region over the past few years.”
Michael Padzinski, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland, said: “This is a landmark day for the people of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross following a lot of hard work to reach this stage. We are now looking forward to continuing that good work with NHS Highland, Balfour Beatty, who were appointed as the main building contractor last month, and all our other partners to deliver a superb health facility for the benefit of the entire community.”
Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director of Scotland and Ireland, said: “This event, which marks the start of construction of the community hospital at Broadford, represents a significant milestone in our partnership with Hub North Scotland and NHS Highland.
“Our extensive expertise in providing high quality healthcare projects for our customers and the wider community makes us ideally positioned to deliver this vital project, which on completion will greatly benefit the communities in Skye for years to come.”