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NHS Highland publishes frequent press releases to let you know about new services and the latest health information and advice from our experts. See NHS Highland news stories that were released in 2006 below.
NHS Highland confirmed today that 903 of its weekly paid staff had been overpaid due to a BACS (Bank Automated Clearing System) processing error. The error resulted in the BACS process of the weekly payroll for Thursday 5th January 2006 being processed twice.
From December 2005 six patients in Caithness benefited from keyhole surgery for hernia operations. The patients operated on all had uncomplicated recoveries. This is a great stride forward for rural hospitals as it means that patients who have this operation recover more quickly and with less discomfort that they would have had with conventional surgery.
The Caithness & Sutherland Maternity Action Team, meeting in Wick on Friday 13th January, unanimously welcomed NHS Highland’s decision to seek to appoint three substantive consultants to maintain and develop the service. It was agreed that this brought the work of C&SMAT to an end and co-chairs David Alston and George
Bruce thanked all who had participated in the process
Training is expected to start over the next five months to enable an extra three members of staff at Caithness General to treat up to 16 patients who require renal
dyalysis locally. This will be of great benefit to the people in Caithness and Sutherland who are currently travelling to Raigmore three times a week for treatment.
The Chairman of NHS Highland – Garry Coutts - is encouraging people from a range of backgrounds in Argyll and Bute to come forward to play their part in the NHS in their area. The Scottish Executive are to advertise for the posts of three additional Non-Executive Members from the area for NHS Highland.
The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and the Birnie Centre, both at Raigmore Hospital will each receive £469 thanks to the generosity of family and friends of the late Phyllis Cook, and, as a bonus, BP are going to double the amount given.
A recent national report into the future of the NHS, the Kerr Report, highlighted the benefits and needs of hospitals to better serve patients in remote and rural areas. This report was particularly welcomed in Lochaber where the idea of a rural general hospital giving local services to local people had long been a dream of the community.
A recent national report into the future of the NHS, the Kerr Report, highlighted the benefits and needs of community hospitals to better serve patients in remote and rural areas. This report was particularly welcomed in Caithness where the idea of a rural general hospital giving local services to local people had long been a dream of the community.
A number of studies have demonstrated that there is a positive relationship between
physical exercise and mental health, especially in treating people with alcohol misuse problems and those suffering from clinical depression. Some studies reported significant changes after a relatively short period of time and that there were improvements in people’s self esteem, as well as their fitness levels, after only four weeks of training.
NHS Highland wants to recognise the importance of its entire staff and the part everyone plays in the delivery of high quality care in Highland. One way in which NHS Highland is highlighting the value of NHS staff is to launch its first Staff Award Scheme.
Patients receiving dialysis at Raigmore Hospital are feeling healthier thanks to a recently introduced dialysis technique called haemodiafiltration (HDF) and an exercise bike.
As at December 2003, a total of 355 people in Highland were diagnosed as Hepatitis C positive. Of these, almost half were injecting drug users. Ross-shire have between 50 and 80 injecting drug users.
NHS HIGHLAND – A NEW NAME FOR NEW BOUNDARIES?
NHS Highland is asking the public in Highland and in Argyll and Bute whether it should change its name after 1st April 2006, when its responsibilities will be expanded to include the Argyll & Bute area.
After 15 years of serving the news, sport, and gossip needs of the patients and staff at Raigmore Hospital, our paperboy, Ronnie Wheelhouse, has decided to park his trolley for good and retire.