The constituency MSP for the Isle of Skye has welcomed a commitment from NHS Highland that it is actively seeking a local solution for kidney dialysis patients in the area.
Currently five patients are travelling three-days-a-week from their homes on the island to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, which Kate Forbes MSP described as “intolerable”.
It is understood that until two years ago, no patient from the area had required haemodialysis for over a decade, and some have now raised this with Ms Forbes in a bid to find a solution.
She wrote to NHS Highland’s interim chief executive Dr Gregor Smith, who confirmed that in light of the increased numbers, the health board is now seeking to “provide a local dialysis service that can respond to the current need”.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “I have a single-minded objective to ensure that as many services as possible are delivered locally, to minimise travel and cost for my constituents.
“I was unhappy to learn that some were travelling from Skye to Inverness for dialysis, which is an additional burden on them.
“I’m pleased that NHS Highland is currently working on a solution to provide a local dialysis service to respond to that need.
“I recognise that need comes and goes and there have been times when there are no patients in Skye but there are now and it’s important that services are provided locally. This is excellent progress for my constituents.”