The Isle of Skye has a population of about 10,000. Most of the island is more than 100 miles from the nearest district general hospital (Raigmore), from Highland Hospice and Maggie’s Highlands (all in Inverness), with long journey times of at least two and up to over three hours.
Skye Cancer Care was set up in 2011 to "support and facilitate the provision of hospice-type care in Skye for persons with incurable life-limiting disease (especially, but not limited to, those with cancer) by raising funds for the establishment of facilities for such care" at the local cottage hospital and in the community. Skye Cancer Care became Skye Cancer SCIO in March, 2017.
We managed to upgrade Room 5 in Portree Hospital - click on “Room 5 tab” above for details. Unfortunately the continuing uncertainty over the future of Skye Hospitals has blocked further developments of this type. Meantime we continue to fund further training in Palliative Care for health professionals in Skye and Lochalsh, and the supply of specialist equipment for use in caring for those needing palliative care in community and hospital.
We opened a Drop-in Cancer Support Centre in Portree in June 2017. Initially based in the Old Library and then the Parish Rooms of St. Columba's church, the weekly drop in provided support to people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions. Unfortunately, the centre closed in November 2018 and there are no plans currently to re-open it.
Skye Cancer Care SCIO office bearers:
Chair .................. Ishbel MacDougall
Vice-chair ......... Jean Slimon
Secretary........... Hugh Clark
Treasurer......... David Taylor
Skye Cancer Care SCIO …… Scottish Registered Charity No. SC047224