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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 the latest NHS Highland news stories relating to the Argyll & Bute area below.

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The open day is a fantastic opportunity for all the family to find out more about the Hospital and local community services that we provide all year round to support you and your family.
Senior managers from Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) recently met with Campbeltown Medical Practice (CMP) to progress negotiations in regard to the proposed merger of CMP and Kintyre Medical Group (KMG) Practice.  This meeting, which was very positive, also discussed the details of how services would be delivered.
‘Only a quarter of Scottish adults know that being overweight can increase the risk of developing cancer’ claims two leading charities this week.
Resilience – the theme for this year’s Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) conference is one that can infiltrate through everything we do whether it is health, community or even climate change.
Diabetes patients across Highland could receive better treatment and reduced chances of complications because of a ground-breaking study into how NHS Highland staff make use of innovative communication equipment.

Child flu vaccination programme now underway

Parents of 2-5 year olds in the Highlands are encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring their children get their flu vaccination.

Young people in all Council secondary schools in Argyll and Bute have been benefiting from an innovative and stimulating drama performance.  The play, delivered by Raenbows Productions called ‘You are not alone’ is being held around Argyll and Bute to promote ‘Smoke Free’ messages to students in S3. 
NHS Highland and Let’s Get On With It Together have produced a new self-management guide for people living with long-term health conditions.
The British Lung Foundation is holding an event in Inverness for people living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The board of NHS Highland this week agreed a ground-breaking move to form a University Health Board which will be the first for Scotland.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is continuing to work closely with the community in Cowal to redesign local health and social care services to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the community and the Scottish Government policy of shifting the balance of care from hospitals to care at home.  The most recent example of this is the ongoing work in relation to developing a sustainable model of care for Struan Lodge.
NHS Highland risks missing its target of financial breakeven unless further actions are taken.
Local care providers are currently delivering homecare services to approximately 300 people in the Oban area.  The providers have been experiencing difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff locally and this is leading to significant pressures on the homecare service in the locality. 
NHS Highland is looking for three new members to join its board who will represent the public and hold the Board to account for delivery of health services in this area.

Last year 726 people in Scotland took their own lives, 7 of those in Argyll & Bute.  The emotional impact on families, friends and communities bereaved by suicide is devastating and can have long lasting negative effects on those left behind. Whilst it is difficult to put an exact value on the economic and social cost of a suicide; a figure of £1.5 million per individual has been estimated (  The ripple effect on families, friends and communities adds another dimension which would increase this figure dramatically.

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