In 2006, the Scottish Government set out a new strategy for healthcare facilities in their document ‘Developing Community Hospitals – A Strategy for Scotland’. This outlined a move away from healthcare within larger hospital facilities to smaller community based hospitals. One of the main drivers for this was to alleviate pressure on these larger hospitals with a view to bringing a better standard of care, closer to home for many patients.
With the integration of health and social care the role of the community hospital has become even more important in delivering the healthcare of modern Scotland. In some rural areas these facilities have become the lifeblood of the community bringing jobs and a community focus. Health services provided closer to home have saved hours of costly transport and associated stress for patients and relatives.