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Dingwall MSP Kate Forbes welcomes opening of the Isle of Skye’s new dialysis unit which will serve patients on the island, Lochalsh and South-West Ross

By Ian Duncan

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Kate Forbes.
Kate Forbes.

Kate Forbes MSP has welcomed the beginning of NHS Highland’s new renal dialysis service unit on the Isle of Skye – which will serve patients in Skye, Lochalsh and South-West Ross.

The development follows almost three years of campaigning from Skye’s constituency MSP and the health board confirmed the new unit became operational earlier todayat Broadford’s MacKinnon Memorial Hospital.

Prior to its implementation, some patients had been travelling three-days-a-week from their homes in the Skye and Lochalsh area to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, which Ms Forbes described as "intolerable".

She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the new renal unit has opened in Broadford Hospital.

“This is a fantastic day for the many individuals who have had to travel to Raigmore several times a week for years.

“On their behalf, I have been pushing for this for years now and I am so relieved to see it officially open.

“I firmly believe that as many services as possible should be delivered in Skye itself and this is an example of positive change.This has been a very long time coming but it will make a huge difference for those that rely on dialysis.”

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