Beds numbers ‘are not being reduced’ at Rothesay hospital

The Victoria Hospital in Rothesay.
The Victoria Hospital in Rothesay.

Assurances have been given this week that the number of beds at Victoria Hospital are not being reduced by over a third.

At last month’s Bute Community Council Councillor Robert Macintyre informed those present he’d spoken to two hospital staff members who said that beds at the Rothesay hospital had been reduced from 13 to 8.

This is not the first time concerns have been raised over the possible reduction of bed numbers at the Victoria Hospital. In June 2014 NHS Highland issued a statement refuting claims that bed numbers were in the pipeline to be cut in order to redeploy nurses for ‘care in the community’.

An Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership spokesman said: “Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership will be reviewing services generally as part of our 3 Year Strategic Plan to ensure that we focus our priorities to ensure that we make the best use of resources locally to meet the changing needs of our local communities.

“The newly formed Locality Planning Group on Bute will lead on any review of local services and will be working closely with our communities to ensure there is wide engagement on any proposals that are developed.”

Asked to clarify whether there had been a reduction in the number of beds at Victoria Hospital the spokesman said: “No, there has been no reduction in beds.”