Back the Belford build - MOWI - Scotland

Back the Belford build

Emma Robertson, Mowi; Patricia Jordan, The Belford Action Group; Lynsey MacKinnon, Mowi; Steve Gilbert, Clinical Lead, Belford Hospital; Rose Watssman, Belford Hospital

Mowi employees in Scotland joined local residents around Fort William in a march to support a new hospital. Mowi was also proud to support this campaign by providing the Mowi Salmon Wagon which ensured campaigners did not go hungry and raised £510 for the Belford Hospital Patient Fund.

Mowi Scotland supports numerous and varied infrastructure developments and maintenance in communities where we have business. These initiatives have included community halls, children’s play parks, cinemas and harbours.

The current Belford Hospital in Fort William opened in 1964 and is the closest hospital for Mowi staff and their families, covering a vast geographical area where our farms, hatcheries and offices are located.

The hospital is no longer fit for purpose and there was a plan to build a new Belford Hospital.

Unfortunately, the Scottish Government announced a 10% budget cut earlier this year, leading to a pause in spending on capital projects, with the new Belford Hospital being reconsidered.

Lochaber residents and MSPs join the march in support of the Belford Hospital campaign

David Sedgwick MBChB FRCSEd, a retired consultant at Belford Hospital for 21 years and organising member of The Belford Action Group, said. “This hospital is situated two hours from a district hospital in Inverness and three hours from Glasgow. It provides medical and surgical care for a base population of 20,000 which rises to 60,000 in summer when tourists arrive to enjoy challenging outdoor pursuits which can lead to serious accidents.

“It’s so important that everyone backs the Belford build which has been promised for 30 years.”

Highlighting Mowi’s support for the new hospital, COO Farming Scotland, Ireland, The Faroes and Canada East, Ben Hadfield added: “As a significant employer in Lochaber, Mowi’s staff and their families have received treatment at Belford Hospital in the past and may require it in the future. It is widely acknowledged that the current facility is no longer fit for purpose, and we are well aware of the pressures already experienced at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

“We are proud to support our local community in their campaign for better health provision in Lochaber.”

The rally was extremely well attended with hundreds of Lochaber residents taking part and broadcast and print media covering the event extensively. Speakers included MSPs Kate Forbes (SNP), Rhoda Grant (Labour), and Jamie Halcro Johnston (Conservative), and local Lochaber Councillor Angus MacDonald (Liberal Democrats).

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