Kate Forbes MSP has said she hopes a fresh round of advertising for key posts by NHS Highland will result in the new kidney dialysis service on the Isle of Skye becoming operational in the near future.
In November the health board’s previous chief executive Iain Stewart stated that the service would begin in April, however in a joint letter to local politicians this week NHS Highland said that recruitment issues could delay this date.
Currently five patients are travelling three-days-a-week from their homes in the Skye and Lochalsh area to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, which Kate Forbes MSP has previously described as “intolerable”.
The health board is making internal alterations to the day room at the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford to facilitate the new service.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “If anybody thinks they could and should apply for these roles, then I would encourage them to do so. It is an extremely rewarding opportunity that will make a huge difference to patients.
“It is unfortunate that recruitment of two staff nurses and a senior staff nurse has not been successful and that NHS Highland have got to go back out to advertise the positions.
“I hope that the reach of the adverts are far wider, because it is imperative that these roles are filled as quickly as possible.
“Ultimately, there are patients in very challenging circumstances who need to receive care as close to home as possible and I want to see them get dialysis treatment on Skye.”