New hospital suggested for Skye

Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital The new hospital would replace Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital

A new hospital could be built on Skye to replace the island's two existing hospitals.

NHS Highland said Portree Community Hospital and Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford will fail to meet modern standards in the near future.

A steering group, involving GPs, councillors, ambulance service and members of the public, is exploring options for a new hospital.

Any detailed plans would be subject to public consultation.

Highland councillor Hamish Fraser said Skye had previously missed out on chances of healthcare improvements.

He said: "I fear we have lost out on opportunities in the past because we could not agree locally on the need for change, but things do need to change and of that I am quite clear.

"This is not only a huge opportunity for Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross, but also a big responsibility in consolidating and possibly enhancing the clinical and health services we have at present in this locality."

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