£1.5 Million boost for rural healthcare

A £1.5 million investment has been announced by the Scottish Government to test innovative ways of delivering healthcare in rural areas of Scotland. NHS Highland will use the money to explore approaches to building sustainable health and care services, in collaboration with local communities.

Campbeltown is one of four areas which are testing new ways of working. Announcing the funding during a visit to Campbeltown Community Hospital today (Wednesday), Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said, “I am committed to ensuring that all communities in Scotland receive high quality and sustainable health care services.

In addition to the model being developed and tested in Argyll, there are three further initial areas where new approaches are being developed across NHS Highland.

In West Lochaber, which comprises GP practices based in Mallaig, Acharacle and the Small Isles, discussions are ongoing to set up a multi-practice model for the provision of GP and out of hours care. This would enable GPs from several practices to work together with the wider health and care team to provide care to patients across the local area.

On the isle of Islay, the three existing GP practices are working to put in place a new service, exploring a multi-practice model, to enable a more stable and sustainable healthcare service for residents centred around the community hospital and care home, with future plans to look at whether this could be extended to include the isle of Jura.

In Mid Argyll the plan is to implement a similar arrangement to Campbeltown but also looking at options for a multi practice model. The aim is to enhance the workforce including working with NHS Education Scotland to implement enhanced training, and sustaining and improving the local services available to patients.

http://www.ruralgateway.org.uk/en/node/8175

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