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Aird Ferry resource centre in Dornie set to re-open, NHS Highland confirms; MSP says key now is to ensure facility is used


By Hector MacKenzie


Cllr Biz Campbell, MP Ian Blackford, Professor Boyd Robertson of Highland Council and NHS Highland staff were amongst those attending a heated meeting on the issue last month.
Cllr Biz Campbell, MP Ian Blackford, Professor Boyd Robertson of Highland Council and NHS Highland staff were amongst those attending a heated meeting on the issue last month.

A DAY centre in Lochalsh is set to re-open tomorrow after being controversially being closed temporarily.

NHS Highland said today that the day service at Aird Ferry Resource Centre will resume on Wednesday.

It follows a heated public meeting last month at which local concerns were aired over the temporary loss of the service.

NHS Highland said in a statement today: "We have successfully recruited staff which enables us to reopen the service on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week following a short period of closure.

NHS Highland temporarily closed the facility due to staffing pressures at An Acarsaid Care Home in Broadford on Skye last month.

It says it will "continue to operate on these days until we have the new staff in post at An Arcasaid". It is anticipated these staff will be in post by the beginning of November.

The statement added: "NHS Highland will continue to offer day support from An Arcasaid on Mondays and Tuesdays until we are able to run a five-day-a-week service at Aird Ferry."

Local MSP Kate Forbes said: "This is brilliant news for those who rely on the Aird Ferry centre and the local community.

“This is a vital centre for day care and it would have been unthinkable to see it closed for the foreseeable future.I am relieved that NHS Highland have recruited additional staff to reopen the centre. The key issue now is to ensure that the centre is used and is useful to local people.

“Full credit goes to the local community who have made clear just how much they value the centre.”

A public consultation about future services to be delivered from Aird Ferry is set to continue.

NHS Highland will be holding drop-in sessions on Thursday, October 24 and Saturday, October 26 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

The venue for these drop-in sessions is still to be confirmed. NHS Highland says it will confirm the location in due course.



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