NHS Western Isles, also known as Bòrd SSN nan Eilean Siar, is the health board that serves the Western Isles of Scotland. NHS Western Isles is responsible for providing primary and secondary healthcare to more than 26,000 people in the Outer Hebrides.
There are three hospitals in the Western Isles. The largest is the Western Isles Hospital, a rural general hospital located in Stornoway, which opened in 1992. Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh (Uist and Barra Hospital) is located in Benbecula, and was opened in 2001. It provides a local service for the population of the Southern Isles. St Brendan’s Hospital is a small hospital located in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra and is in a shared building with a local authority residential facility. It is supported by the local GP Practice, to provide care of the elderly and other services.
A wide range of services are also provided by community-based staff across the Western Isles. NHS Western Isles also works closely with a range of other statutory bodies, including other territorial mainland Health Boards, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service and various third sector organisations, to ensure that the best possible health and care services are provided to the Western Isles population.
Text source: PCF / NHS Eileanan Siar Western Isles