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A 3-year look ahead to west Highland kidney dialysis sufferers was lastly dropped at an finish yesterday with the opening of a brand new renal unit in Skye.
The service at Broadford’s MacKinnon Memorial Hospital means sufferers will not need to undergo what Kate Forbes MSP has known as “insupportable” common journeys from their properties within the Skye, Lochalsh and South-West Ross space to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
Jean MacIntosh, 72, of Inverinate, Kyle of Lochalsh, was one of many first sufferers to obtain remedy at Broadford yesterday.
She has till now been making the 68-mile journey to Inverness by taxi 3 times per week.
The spherical journeys of greater than 170 miles to the Highland capital on every event concerned a gruelling 10 hours a day of journey time and being on dialysis.
Mrs MacIntosh stated of the brand new service: “It’s completely nice.
“Thanks to everyone who made it occur, to the individuals who campaigned for it, and to the renal unit in Inverness for getting Broadford up and working.
“It can make an enormous distinction. I’m simply sorry that a few of the individuals who would have benefitted didn’t reside lengthy sufficient to see it occur.”
Kate Forbes welcomed the opening of NHS Highland’s new unit following three years of campaigning.
She stated: “I’m completely delighted that the brand new renal unit has opened in Broadford Hospital.
“It is a incredible day for the various people who’ve needed to journey to Raigmore a number of occasions per week for years.
“On their behalf, I’ve been pushing for this for years now and I’m so relieved to see it formally open.
“I firmly consider that as many providers as attainable needs to be delivered in Skye itself and that is an instance of constructive change.
“This has been a really very long time coming however it would make an enormous distinction for those who depend on dialysis.”
The opening of the unit had been delayed for quite a few months attributable to what NHS Highland stated had been recruitment points.
It was first to have opened on December 2019, earlier than being put again to January 2020, and later April 2020.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant had campaigned for its opening, writing to NHS Highland and calling the journey to obtain care “extraordinarily lengthy” and “exhausting” for sufferers.
Louise Bussell, NHS Highland’s chief officer for neighborhood providers, stated: “NHS Highland is delighted to substantiate that the brand new Renal Service for Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross has opened at Broadford Hospital.
“That is an thrilling improvement which has concerned many months of detailed planning and engagement with sufferers, employees and the native communities.
“The service ensures sufferers within the space can obtain dialysis remedy nearer to their properties. This can make a major distinction to our sufferers and their households.
“This new service is being coordinated by way of the renal dialysis hyperlink nurse at Raigmore Hospital who shall be speaking with particular person sufferers.”