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NHS Highland communications managers

Argyll & Bute - David Ritchie,  01436 655040

South & Mid - Andrew Devlin, 01463 704723

Raigmore - Erin Greig, 01463 705771

North & West - Mark Scruton, 01463 704876


NHS Highland Head of Public Relations and Engagement

Maimie Thompson 

01463 70 4722


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Mental health professionals from across NHS Highland attended specialist training designed to support people to manage their emotions and overall health more effectively this week.
Ward 2C at Raigmore Hospital remains closed to new admissions following a number of patients being diagnosed with flu.
The critical care upgrade at Raigmore Hospital took a further step forward this month (January) as Ward 1A was moved to its temporary home on the ground floor.
The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) have today (18 January) published their report into an unannounced inspection visit to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer calls on Scots not to be complacent to risk of flu

Scotland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer issued the call for people at risk of flu to get their flu vaccine as early as possible this year.

Ward 2C at Raigmore Hospital remains closed to new admissions following a number of patients being diagnosed with flu.

As you will be aware, at its special meeting on 2nd November 2016 the Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed to pause the redesign work proposed for Struan Lodge for a period of 6 months.  This pause was to allow for a period of engagement and involvement with communities and staff.

The Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is now well into this period of engagement and a number of events have been held for local communities to come along and find out more about the proposals.  We have also been encouraging people to share their views and help us redesign and improve local services so they are fit for the future.

A planned meeting of the Lorn & Islands Hospital Project Group was held on Friday 13th January 2017 and was chaired by Elaine Wilkinson, a Non Executive Director of NHS Highland and a resident in Argyll and Bute.  Membership of this Group includes patient representatives, a local councillor, senior clinicians, staff representatives, senior managers from Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, the Scottish Ambulance Service and representatives from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
A third year Occupational Therapy student has seen the world from a service user’s perspective after she was given the opportunity to complete a number of tasks whilst using a self-propelled wheelchair.
The newly formed Easter Ross Community Partnership will hold its first full meeting in the Community Café at Invergordon Academy on Wednesday 1st February  2017 at 10.00 am.
Ward 2C at Raigmore Hospital has been closed to new admissions following a number of patients being diagnosed with flu.
Three patients have tested positive for flu and as a precaution the ward has been closed.
Relatives and friends are being asked to avoid visiting Ward 2C if at all possible and should telephone the nurse in charge before travelling to the hospital.
The Ward can be reached by calling the Raigmore Hospital Switchboard on 01463 704 000.
NHS Highland is seeking to recruit public members to two of the board’s advisory committees and one of their advisory groups.
Big hearted Lana Munro has raised a further £500 for charity to help people with heart problems after raising close to £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation last year.
The community maternity unit at Caithness General Hospital is to adopt a new staffing model following discussions with staff about how best to implement sustainable changes in Wick.
Researchers are looking for volunteers from Thurso and Wick for a healthcare project that aims to allow older people to live independently for longer in their own homes.
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