Recommendation 2 – Future community bed provision
In-patient bed availability at Portree Hospital must continue until sufficient alternative resilient provision is provided in North Skye. This transition, which will take time, must be informed and shaped through co-production with the community
Difficulty in recruiting nurses and support staff to work in Portree Hospital may be exacerbated by ongoing service redesign uncertainties and the offer of short term contracts for prospective staff in a facility that is perceived to be closing. This latter policy should be reviewed
A rapid review of care at-home and community bed provision for SLSWR should be undertaken, taking account of present requirements, transfer activity to out-of-area secondary care facilities and future socio-demographic factors. Such a review should also take account of current and potential partnership developments, including statutory and voluntary provision such as contributed by the Howard Doris Centre in Lochcarron and Skye Cancer Care
NHS Highland has already committed to provide additional services in the form of a new ten-bedded community unit in the Portree area. We understand that negotiations are underway to deliver on this commitment. This should be progressed at pace, with any bed capacity and capability revision informed by the above community bed review
NHS Highland plans to locate/co-locate Portree Medical Centre into the present Portree Hospital premises. The timing of this must be subject to the above recommendation about in-patient beds retention. Such a combined Unit might be renamed Portree Community Hospital and Medical Centre, or similar, to signify its dual and complementary role.
Draft minutes of WS2 meeting on 13 August.
Please note that these minutes are subject to approval at the next group meeting