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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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NHS Highland plans to run an intensive accelerator programme for local health and care sector start-ups next month that aims to boost the fledgling businesses’ chances of success.
Eight NHS Highland staff in Argyll and Bute have been recognised for their catering abilities and standards.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has published its Annual Performance Report for 2016/17. 

The timings for the open session of NHS Highland’s annual review have changed and will now be held at 1pm on Thursday 31 August. Members of the public can attend the open session.

A summit between local councillors, members of both Scottish and Westminster parliaments and NHS Management took place on Friday in the Town Hall in Wick lasting all day.

The summit was called by Caithness Councillors to discuss issues and seek clarity in respect of the current position and the future for health and social care provision in the county.

Amongst the stated aims at the start of the summit was a desire to work together, to have honesty and clarity in communication and to finding a way forward to face the significant challenges in service delivery.

At its meeting on 29th March 2017 the Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed that a new enhanced model of day service is developed to meet the needs of a growing frail / elderly population on Bute.  The new model retains the existing day service provided at Thomson Court Day Centre and will enhance the support available to dementia and frail / elderly people.

Issued by The Life Changes Trust

The Scottish Highlands are to become dementia friendly thanks to a funding boost of £225,000 from the Life Changes Trust.

The integrated health and social care partnership between NHS Highland and The Highland Council performed significantly better or matched national averages in Scotland in eight out of 12 benchmark performance areas, according to a report.

Issued by the Scottish Government

Up to £16,000 in return for service in NHS

A bursary of £4,000 per year will be made available to students on Scotland’s new graduate entry medical course.

NHS Highland’s Technology Enabled Care team have designed an interactive text messaging service to support people who wish to help tackle loneliness in their community.
Patients could help NHS Highland save more than £1 million a year by just asking their doctor, pharmacist or nurse if they are taking the best value medicines.
The building refurbishment programme to relocate, on an interim basis, inpatient mental health services from Argyll and Bute Hospital in Lochgilphead to the lower ground floor of Mid Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead is nearing completion and we are now in a position to move inpatient services.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is facing ongoing significant challenges in recruiting permanent consultants to work within Lorn & Islands Hospital.  The current situation relying on locum consultants to cover is not sustainable and is now a growing problem across the country.

All three Rural General Hospitals in NHS Highland: Caithness General in Wick, Belford in Fort William and Lorn & Islands in Oban have struggled to recruit and retain consultants for a number of years.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced the reappointment of Ann Pascoe as a Member of Highland NHS Board (Wednesday 12th July). This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1st February 2018 to 31st January 2022.
As from this week women in the Campbeltown area accessing the obstetric scanning service will now be able to be scanned closer to home thanks to an expansion of the service which started in Oban earlier this year.
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