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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 704723

NHS Highland Head of Public Relations and Engagement


Maimie Thompson 

01463 70 4722


Media Manager


Tom Davison 01463 704903


NHS Highland

Assynt House

Beechwood Park




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Almost three quarters of young people in Highland have drunk alcohol by the time they are 15 and, although there has been a 10% reduction since 2010, Highland remains above the national average despite recommendations that those under the age of 15 refrain from drinking.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, today announced the appointment of the new Chair of Highland NHS Board.


Macmillan nurse Louise Shakespeare is to scale back her role this month after 24 years of community service in Caithness.

NHS Highland is to add the Virgin Money giving site on its donation page, making giving money to the board’s endowment funds and other charities a simple one click operation.
The Scottish Government is providing Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) across Scotland with a source of funding over the next 3 years through the Integrated Care Fund (ICF).  The Government has highlighted that this funding should be used by HSCPs to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals through: a more preventative approach to healthcare, supporting adults who may have more than one health condition and ensuring that the appropriate care is provided to tackle inequalities.
Staff in Lorn & Islands Hospital in Oban marked European Antibiotic Awareness Day on the 18th November by erecting an information display in the reception area of the hospital and discussing the issue with the public and health & social care workers.
The health benefits of simple child’s play are so crucial a Scottish Government seminar-led roadshow designed to change attitudes to play is to hold two events in NHS Highlands’ area next week.
NHS Highland's telecare system (Highland Council area) suffered a failure yesterday (21 November) between 12.15-4pm and, for reasons which are still being investigated, the back up system failed to deploy effectively. Other means of contact for clients, such as NHS24 and 999, were not affected.
November is lung cancer awareness month which aims to improve understanding of one of the most common cancers in Scotland.
A pilot project which ran for three months at Raigmore Hospital is the winner of the latest Highland Quality Approach (HQA) Award.
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