NHS Western Isles (Lead Partner)

NHS Western Isles
Health Board Offices
37 South Beach Street
Isle of Lewis

Contact for this partner is
Deanne Gilbert

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NHS Western Isles

NHS Western Isles is the health board serving the Western Isles of Scotland. It is responsible for providing primary and secondary healthcare to the 26,000 people living in the 130 mile long archipelago of 11 inhabited islands 40 miles West of the North West coast of Scotland also known as the Outer Hebrides. Primary health care services are provided by approximately 35 general practitioners (GPs) working in 12 practices; some GPs provide additional specialist services in partnership with the staff of the Western Isles hospitals. These GPs work closely with a range of community health staff such as district nurses, community midwives, health visitors, Allied Health Professionals, community mental health services and health promotion services. Community based dental services are also provided across the islands.  The health board has three hospitals, the largest, the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, is a designated Rural General Hospital. This hospital supports a range of acute specialties, psychiatry and care of the elderly; it provides diagnostic facilities, a day hospital, laboratories and Allied Health Professional and other services. The community hospital in Benbecula, the Uist and Barra Hospital, provides a local service for people in the Uists, Benbecula, Barra and the other islands of the southern part of the Western Isles; it provides care of the elderly, general practitioner run acute and midwifery led maternity services. St Brendans Hospital is located in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra it is a shared facility which includes a Local Authority Residential service; it is jointly administered by Comhairle nan Eileann Siar and NHSWestern Isles. It is supported by the local GP Practice to provide care of the elderly and other services for the population of Barra and Vatersay.


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