Orkney Islands Council
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NHS Orkney & Orkney Islands Council approve Kirkwall Care Campus
06 September 2012

Following a special board meeting yesterday (Monday), the board of NHS Orkney has approved an ambitious proposal to develop a health and social care campus in Kirkwall. The project will see the health board working in partnership with Orkney Islands Council (OIC).

The proposal was agreed by Elected Members at yesterday’s Special meeting of Orkney Islands Council's Policy and Resources Committee and will go to the next meeting of the Full Council to be ratified.

NHS Orkney chief executive Cathie Cowan said “This decision is a landmark that has set in motion a unique and really exciting development for everyone living across the county. It is our intention to deliver fully integrated services, fit for the 21st Century. We already have an excellent working relationship with OIC and I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them as we take the next steps in this development.”

Both the NHS Orkney Board and the Policy and Resources Committee of OIC approved a report detailing the location of the proposed campus. The preferred site – Corse West in Kirkwall - is in public sector ownership and whilst access remains an issue, Board and Council members were assured this was not insurmountable, with solutions including access off Pickaquoy Road.   A joint meeting of NHS Orkney and OIC will take place in late October, to receive a report on how the outline business case is progressing.

OIC Convener Convener Steven Heddle said “With the development of Orkney Health and Care, we have been leading the way in the development of partnership working in the public sector.  This latest decision is the next exciting step in that and we look forward to the project progressing and one of the Council’s key priorities being met through this.”