‘More non-clinical facilities’ sought at Rothesay hospital

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

The NHS’s senior manager on Bute has told The Buteman that she would like the local health board to be able to provide more non-clinical facilities at the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay.

Liz Higgins, NHS Highland’s clinical services manager for the island, said there were no current plans to cut the number of beds at the local hospital - but that the community would be consulted on any proposals to change the services available.

“We need to make sure we’re getting the balance right and that our bed numbers are right for the needs of the community,” Ms Higgins said.

“We’ve got a responsibility to give people the choice about where they have their care, in terms of palliative and end-of-life care, and the Victoria Hospital is quite clinical for that choice now.

“There are some very clinical spaces at present - there are no relaxation spaces for patients, so if we have opportunities, and if our bed numbers allow it, then that’s something we would be considering.

“But we would make sure people were involved and consulted if there was to be a change.”