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 our Drop-in Cancer Support Centre in Portree on June 6th, 2017. We are grateful to Skye Bible Church and YMCA for allowing us to share their premises in the centre of the village, and giving us the opportunity to welcome visitors to our facility. The response from the local community to this project has been excellent. The central location and disabled access were attractive to us, but Bayfield Road was frequently blocked for a couple of hours at a time with delivery vans!
We have accepted the kind offer from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Portree to move to their Parish Rooms, part of the church building. They have parking, and are central (just off Somerled Square at the junction of Home Farm Road and Park Road) and comfortable. We are there every Tuesday afternoon from 31st October and open from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
For more details click on Drop-in Centre above.
Skye Cancer Care SCIO office bearers:
Chair - David Sime
Vice-chair - Dr I Macdougall
Secretary - Hugh Clark
Treasurer - David Taylor
Skye Cancer Care SCIO …… Scottish Registered Charity No. SC047224