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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.  
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.  
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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.  
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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.  
Caithness Deaf Care Opening Times
A message from Caithness Deaf Care.   'We would like to reassure our clients that they can continue to access local services at both of our centres on the following days and times:- Wick - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.00 am - 2.00 pm Thurso - Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am - 2 00 pm' .  
New Stroke Services Developed At Caithness General
Caithness General Hospital in Wick has developed new services for Stroke patients in the north and is one of the first Rural General Hospital's in Scotland to be offering these treatments.   The first of these services, the Novel Rapid Access Neurovascular (TIA) service will start up at the hospital on Thursday 2nd April.  
New System Tightens Up On Patient Safety In Theatres
Patients in busy hospital theatres in Highland are benefiting from a safety initiative modelled on the checks made by aircrew on take-off.   The Surgical Pause is a final, last minute check-list of questions which ensures that the team of nurses and doctors performing the procedure can be confident that they have reduced the risk of error to the lowest possible level.  
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One person taking advantage of the recent round of voluntary redundancies at Highlands & Islands Enterprise is former operations manager, Donna Booth, who recently launched her wellness practice, Alternative Vitality.  Says Donna, 'During my many years in high pressure corporate positions, I became increasingly aware of the importance of 'wellness' on both an individual and an industry wide basis.  
New Denture Venture in Caithness
A Caithness-based dental technician has plenty to smile about after being awarded a grant to start his own business.   Qualified dental technician, Allan Young has been awarded a financial package from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) via the HIE-Starts programme.