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Medical & Health Services News

Health and social care phone numbers for Caithness
NHS Highland has created a handy list of telephone numbers to help improve access to healthcare services in Caithness - including a single point of contact number for community health and social care.  The information is given on a laminated double-sided A4 flyer with timely advice about the health board's services and the relevant telephone numbers for these and associated services.  
Caithness General Hospital to connect to Wick District Heating Scheme
NHS Highland has agreed that the Caithness General Hospital will be heated by energy delivered by the wood fuelled district heating scheme in Wick.   Supply of low cost renewable energy will begin immediately.  
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6/5/2015
Your vote matters tomorrow
Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary General Election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Steve Barron that their vote matters.   Tomorrow (Thursday 7 May) voting begins with 283 polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.  
Ward At Caithness General Closed Due To Diarrhoea and VomitingThumbnail for article : Ward At Caithness General Closed Due To Diarrhoea and Vomiting
A ward at Caithness General Hospital has been closed to new admissions and visitors are being asked to stay away while staff deal with several cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.   Bignold Wing currently has seven patients affected and samples have shown that norovirus is present in the ward.  
Statements From NHS Education Scotland (NES) and NHS Highland Regarding Training Of Junior Doctors At Caithness General
Statement From NHS Education Scotland (NES) NES quality management visit, Caithness General Hospital.   NHS Education Scotland (NES) is accountable to the General Medical Council (GMC) for assessing whether doctors in training are in an appropriate training environment.    We carried out a quality management visit to Caithness General Hospital on Friday 13rd February to assess the quality of the learning experience and learning environment for postgraduate medical trainees in line with General Medical Council Standards.  The visit was prompted by a shortage of substantive consultants in post and continued heavy reliance on locums and therefore the potential impact on the quality of training and supervision of doctors in training.  
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30/4/2014
Act now to secure your vote in European Parliamentary Election
Don't lose your vote poster With the European Parliamentary Elections taking place on Thursday 22 May, Bill Gillies, Electoral Registration Officer for the Highland and Western Isles area is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote in time.   “People are talking about the elections, but you’ll only be able to have your say on who represents you in the European Parliament if you’re registered to vote by the deadline of Tuesday 6 May and for postal applications by 7 May”, said Mr Gillies.  
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2/4/2014
Option Selected for A9 Berriedale Braes hairpinThumbnail for article : Option Selected for A9 Berriedale Braes hairpin
Users of the A9 will welcome the news that a preferred option has been chosen for the challenging hairpin bend at Berriedale Braes on the northernmost part of Scotland’s longest trunk road.   A public exhibition is being held today at Berriedale (2nd April 2014) to give people the opportunity to view the proposals and provide their comments.  
NHS Highland to take on Riverbank Medical Practice on permanent basis
From April, Riverbank Medical Practice in Thurso will become a salaried practice run by NHS Highland.   The practice, which has a patient list of 6000, has been managed by NHS Highland since December 2012 but advertising for an individual or group to take over the practice was not successful so the Board will now take on responsibility for the practice on a permanent basis.  
RIVERBANK PRACTICE PATIENTS PARTICIPATION GROUPThumbnail for article : RIVERBANK PRACTICE PATIENTS PARTICIPATION GROUP
The Riverbank Practice Patient Participation Group (RPPPG) is undertaking a survey to obtain patients views on the current provision of services at the Practice.   The survey will take place between Monday 21st October 2013, through to Friday 15th November 2013, inclusive.  
Should You Get a Flu Jab?
What is flu? Flu is much more than a bad cold.  It's a virus which can make even healthy people feel very unwell for a week or more.  
Patients Rights Updated In New Code
NHS Highland recently discussed the new Patients Rights Act.   The Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 aims to improve patients' experiences of using health services and to support people to become more involved in their health and health care.  
20/9/2012
Caithness District Partnership Meeting
The new Caithness District Partnership will meet in full for the second time on Friday 28 September, as part of the new arrangements under the Planning for Integration (P4i) partnership between the NHS and The Highland Council.   Partners will consider a report from the NHS steering group, who are recommending a Stakeholder Engagement Plan.  
NHS Highland Achieves 'Exceptional' Patient Safety Rating
NHS Highland has emerged as one of the top two health boards in Scotland in a national assessment of patient safety standards.  The board has scored an "exceptional" 4.0 on a five-point scale set by the American-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in conjunction with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  
Caithness Maternity Unit Receives International Recognition
The Henderson Maternity Unit at Caithness General Hospital has been re-accredited as Baby Friendly, which means it is internationally recognised by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) as providing high quality support to mothers and babies.   Staff at the Wick unit were originally presented with the prestigious Baby Friendly Award in March 2010.  
Special Care Baby Unit house opens
Parents of babies who are patients in Raigmore Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) now have access to a two-bedroom house on the Inverness hospital site, allowing parents to be close to the hospital whilst their newborn baby is in the unit.   Previously mothers were kept in a hospital bed and often the father could not be accommodated.  
Wintry launch for National Health Campaign
Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon took to the slopes with school children to highlight the importance of being prepared for winter.   The group braved the chill of a snowy winter wonderland at the SNO!zone Scotland centre in Glasgow's Xscape, to encourage everyone to take a few simple steps to ensure they can take care of themselves and their families and have their own "wonderful" festive period this year.  
Less is more - save our antibiotics!
Antibiotics are a precious resource that we risk losing within a generation if we do not safeguard their use.   This is the message from Black Isle GP Dr Gail Haddock, who is calling for much better use of antibiotics as part European Antibiotic Awareness Day.  
22/2/2011
Integration Of Health & Social Work - AppointmentsThumbnail for article : Integration Of Health & Social Work - Appointments
Appointment of two senior officers to lead Highland integration of health and social care The Highland Council and NHS Highland have appointed two senior officers to lead the planning for the integration of health and social care.   Jan Baird, the Director of Community Care for NHS Highland, will become the Transitions Director, leading a team of seconded staff from the Council and NHS Highland to develop and take forward the integration plan.  
Local Hypnotherapist Meets New National Standards
A Wick based hypnotherapist has become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence for her therapy.   Donna Booth has been registered by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator for complementary healthcare.  
Wick Business Offers Many AlternativesThumbnail for article : Wick Business Offers Many Alternatives
Three months in and Alternative Vitality continues to be an oasis of calm and relaxation in the centre of Wick.   Offering a wide range of cognitive and complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy, life coaching, meditation, HypnoBirthing and Hypno-Band (which is a virtual gastric band), massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, Indian head massage and Indian Face massage.