Patients from the Isle of Skye will soon be able to receive treatment for kidney dialysis locally after the chief executive of NHS Highland confirmed to Kate Forbes MSP the service will start in the next six months.
In a letter to the constituency MSP for Skye, Iain Stewart said the health board hopes to recruit for nursing posts “by the end of the year and the new service to start by April 2020”.
Currently five patients are travelling three-days-a-week from their homes on the island 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: “I have been pushing NHS Highland to introduce renal services at Broadford for some time.
“I think it’s really poor that patients in great discomfort have to travel to and from Inverness for this essential service.
“It’s good to see NHS Highland finally put a date on the introduction though of course I would like to see this happen sooner rather than later.”
It is understood that until two years ago, no patient from the area had required haemodialysis for over a decade, and some raised this earlier in the year with Ms Forbes in a bid to find a solution.