NHS managers admit Bute care gap

Viv Hamilton, NHS Highland's locality manager for Bute and Cowal, and Liz Higgins, the health board's clinical services manager for Bute.
Viv Hamilton, NHS Highland's locality manager for Bute and Cowal, and Liz Higgins, the health board's clinical services manager for Bute.

NHS managers on Bute have acknowledged that the lack of a home to provide complex nursing care is the biggest missing link in the island’s health service provision.

Viv Hamilton, NHS Highland’s locality manager for Cowal and Bute, and Liz Higgins, the clinical services manager for the island, said the plugging of the nursing care gap was one of the health board’s top priorities for Bute.

“People having to go off the island for that kind of care is public knowledge,” Ms Higgins said, “and we’re all aware there is work to be done to see how we can plug that gap.”

Ms Hamilton told The Buteman that talks aimed at finding ways of tackling the problem were at an early stage.

“Members of the public are involved as we look at the needs of the island,” she said.

“The issue of a facility for complex nursing care has been at the top of the list, but we can’t just go to one person for what we need - we have to go through a fair and transparent process with the community and other interested parties.”

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