Community Notices and Information




Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) in partnership with the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group and the DR J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust are delighted to announce that there has been agreement to build a Dialysis Unit in the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

The first meeting of the Island of Bute Hospital Dialysis Project Implementation Group was held on the 16th October 2018 where they were presented with plans from the HSCP’s Project Architect and had a full discussion about formalising the project. There is also considerable work required within the hospital to adapt the existing facilities to create the Dialysis Unit while ensuring that all the current facilities within the hospital are maintained.

There will also need to be a specialist nurse recruited and training delivered to the existing nurses and work has begun to plan for this. The HSCP will also be working very closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to replicate the Hub and Spoke outreach model of Dialysis that is currently delivered in Campbeltown Hospital which has proven to be very successful.

At this time, the Implementation Group are not in a position to give out indicative timescales as to when the Unit will be ready but the local community will be kept up to date with each stage of the project.

Argyll and Bute HSCP want to thank the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group who launched the campaign for a Bute Dialysis Unit and the Dr J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust, which was established in the 1980s by the late Dorothy Marshall, a prominent Bute resident in memory of her father who had been GP on the island for many years, for donating/underwriting all of the capital costs and other associated costs for the project without which the creation of the Unit would not be feasible. The HSCP also recognises the huge contribution the local community have made to support and fundraise for this development on the Island.

Shirley McFarlane, Secretary for the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group, said:

“It has been a long hard road to get to this stage but the Implementation Group is absolutely delighted to be able to deliver this news today. It will make a massive difference to the current renal patients as well as to the renal patients of the future. A local unit will give patients a much better quality of life and hopefully in the future might also be able to offer holiday dialysis to those coming to the island on a break.”

Robin Creelman, Chair of Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (the governance Board of the HSCP), said:

“This is an extremely exciting time for the hospital and the Community on Bute. We are acutely aware of the difficulty renal patients have accessing Dialysis in Inverclyde, particularly in inclement weather, and it is just wonderful how the local community have supported this cause. There is a great deal of work to do but Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership are committed to delivering a safe and sustainable Dialysis service and look forward to welcoming the patients back to Rothesay for their Dialysis treatments in the future.”

Donald Reid, one of the Trustees in the Dr J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust, said:

“Our trust was founded to support the local community in Bute and we are pleased and honoured to be able to provide funds which help to move this project from an aspiration to a reality. We admire the sustained courage and good humour of the patients on Bute who currently travel three times a week to Greenock for dialysis. The prospect of gaining for them such a facility on the island itself is a huge incentive. We salute the commitment of the Support Group over its years of hard work in fund raising and are very impressed by the enthusiastic espousal of the project by the HSCP and the strongly motivated high calibre personnel it has tasked with bringing to our little island such a valuable asset.”

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Bute Photographic Society Club

Bute Photographic Society Club meets every Tuesday in the  Green Tree room at the Library on Stuart Street, Rothesay from 7 - 9 pm.
For more details contact
Richard Chrystie 01700 505 545
Paul Simpson 07892 010 479
or on Facebook.

Drop in Centre for Anyone Affected by a Life Changing Illness

 Ladeside Centre (formerly salvation army centre) Ladeside Street.
Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm

Bute & Cowal Credit Union

If you are interested in serving the community acquiring skills and have some free time to spare why not contact Bute & Cowal Credit Union who are eager to recruit new volunteers. You can contact them by calling in to their office at
5 King Street Rothesay or by phoning them on 01700 500 145
You can also drop them an e-mail at
The Rothesay Office is open from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Tuesdays and 10am to 12:30pm on Saturdays.

Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer is a major public health problem in Scotland. It is the third most common cancer in Scotland. The Scottish bowel screening programme invites men and women aged between 50 and 74 to take part in screening every 2 years.
Bowel screening aims to find cancer at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Bowel screening is the only screening program  where the test is completed at home. Bowel screening uptake is lowest in men and in the most deprived areas. - screening uptake is lowest in 50 - 54 year olds.  The new simpler bowel screening test is much easier to do. Figures on Bute suggest that only 43% of men invited return the test.
If you have misplaced your kit you can get a replacement one by calling Free Scottish Bowel Screening Centre helpline on 0800 0121 833

Cancer Support Scotland

Cancer Support Scotland offer free counselling and support, as well as providing access to reiki, reflexology and massage therapy.
More information can be had by contacting them on 0800 6524531 or 0141 337 8199 
Tak-tent cancer support meet on the last Thursday of every month in the Ardbed Baptist Church, King Street, Rothesay at 2pm.

Bute Food Bank

Bute Oasis in conjunction with Bute Advice Centre and ADG
Bute Food Bank - 6 Argyle Street 10am to 4pm daily 
Bute Advice Centre - 12 Bishop Street  - by appointment from 9am to 5pm. - It is vital that everyone who use the food bank is offered support to alleviate the reasons why they need to use the food bank by partnesrship working individuals are given the vital emergency food required and support in the long term. - anyone requiring a food parcel/advice please contact bute oasis 01700 502272 - bute advice centre 01700 502784 - confidential support and assistance will be offered. 

John Paul Retreats

John Paul Retreats is a newly created charity set up to help parents and siblings who are trying to cope with the loss of loved ones, either through death or other unforseen tragedy. The charity was founded by Anthony McMahon, who lost his brother, John Paul, to a car accident in 1984. Anthony's parent's suffered greatly over the loss of John Paul and they also passed away in their early fifties. Since then, Anthony has endeavoured to establish a place where people, who experience similar trauma, can meet together and begin to come to terms with loss. There is no cost involved when you visit John Paul Retreats but small donations can be made on the donation page to maintain the running of the retreat home.