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Medical Services News

20/11/2019
Georgesons Solicitors Make Substantial Donation To CHATThumbnail for article : Georgesons Solicitors Make Substantial Donation To CHAT
When Bruce de Wert of Georgesons Solicitors heard of the distress of new Mums having to drive back from Inverness with their newborn in danger, he knew he had to do something.   The problem is that newborns cannot sit in car seats without compressing their lungs and it is a long way from Inverness to Caithness! And, so, he announced that this year the charity for Wills Week would be CHAT who provide lie flat car seats for for newborn babies.  
20/10/2019
CHAT Team Visit To The New Balfour Hospital in OrkneyThumbnail for article : CHAT Team Visit To The New Balfour Hospital in Orkney
On Friday 18th October four of the CHAT's team visited the new Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney.   The main purpose of the visit was partly to see then hospital but in particular how maternity services work there.  
Highlands and Islands MSP raises concerns about cancelled operationsThumbnail for article : Highlands and Islands MSP raises concerns about cancelled operations
Operations had to be cancelled across NHS Highland because hospitals simply could not cope, new figures reveal.   Data published by ISD Scotland shows that 45 operations were cancelled in May 2019 due to non-clinical reasons such as not having enough staff or unclean equipment.  
20/6/2019
Subsea7 Donate £1000 To Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT)Thumbnail for article : Subsea7 Donate £1000 To Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT)
Mikie Aitken , Quality Control Inspector for Subsea7 Wester Site ,recently won a thousand pounds for a safety award while working on the Equinor Snorre project to be given to a charity of his choice.   He chose to donate to Caithness Health Action Team 100mile helper kits which are given to Caithness General Hospital , Community Maternity Unit who give the kits to local women that have to be quickly transferred to Raigmore maternity hospital in an emergency situation.  
Labour Party Visit To Caithness Hears About Third Sector and Health Issues From CHATThumbnail for article : Labour Party Visit To Caithness Hears About Third Sector and Health Issues From CHAT
A visit of the Labour Party Leader in Scotland Richard Leonard MSP accompanied by Rhoda Grant MSP heard from the third sector and Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) about problems arising to the community from changes to health provision and wide range of topics.   Roger Saxon the local Labour party organiser and Alan Tait from Caithness Voluntary Group facilitated the meeting at the Pulteney Centre in Wick.  
15/4/2019
Francis Street Bowlers, Wick Supports 3 Local GroupsThumbnail for article : Francis Street Bowlers, Wick Supports 3 Local Groups
On Saturday 13th April 2019 the members of Francis Street Bowlers made three generous donation to three local groups.   A day spent playing bowls at the opening day of the season at Thurso Bowling Club was followed by a buffet tea after which they presented the cheques.  
27/3/2019
New look Baby Box ready for Mother's DayThumbnail for article : New look Baby Box ready for Mother's Day
Uptake jumps to 96% as 80,000 deliveries made to parents.   The new Baby Box design, created by a team of children and young people, has been unveiled.  
14/3/2019
New edition of NHS Scotland's guide to pregnancy, labour and birthThumbnail for article : New edition of NHS Scotland's guide to pregnancy, labour and birth
A popular resource for pregnant women and their families has been updated to include the latest information on perinatal mental health support.   A refreshed edition of Scotland's ‘Ready Steady Baby' publication was launched today by Minister for Public Health Joe FitzPatrick.  
26/2/2019
New Hospital At Aviemore Finally Goes To Planning Stage But How Long Will Caithness Redesign Take?
With respect to the new hospital at Aviemore Dr Boyd Peters said "We have been on this journey since 2012 and the land purchase is a significant step towards securing much needed modern healthcare facilities for the population of Badenoch and Strathspey" After seven years it finally reaches the planning stage so that must mean yet another two or even three years until its on the ground and working.   In Caithness redesign of health services has been going on and on for several years and recently we have the early stages of a "hub" idea being promoted.  
22/2/2019
NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual ReviewThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Announces New Date For Annual Review
NHS Highland's annual review has been rescheduled for Tuesday 09 April 2019.  It will be held in the Centre for Health Science, Inverness with Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, in attendance.  
21/2/2019
MSP raises the case of Caithness twins' mother and why air ambulance wasn’t initially called
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has raised with the First Minister why the air ambulance was not initially called when a Caithness mother went into labour at 30 weeks with twins.   At First Minister's Questions today, Mrs Grant told Nicola Sturgeon the woman had bravely shared her experience of giving birth under the current maternity provisions in Caithness.  
Help To Make A Complaint About Health Services In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Help To Make A Complaint About Health Services In Caithness
Have you had problems with healthcare? Do you want to complain, but need someone to help you? Caithness Health Action Team have organised for Patient Advice and Support Service to come to Wick (am in the Norseman hotel) and Thurso (pm in the Pentland hotel) on the 17th April.   Contact: info@caithnesshealth.com Private message Caithness Health Action Team on Facebook Phone:07437340146 This service is confidential and by appointment..  
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) At Scottish ParliamentThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) At Scottish Parliament
Five members of CHAT formed the delegation to meet with the health minister Shona Robison on Wednesday 7th February 2018.   The team from CHAT each took different elements of health concerns in Caithness to present to those present.  
23/10/2017
Town and County Hospital, WickThumbnail for article : Town and County Hospital, Wick
A candlelit vigil in support of the hospital and staff is to be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at the hospital - bring candles or torches.   Starts at 6.30pm and will not last long.  
12/10/2017
CHAT 100 Mile Helper kits READY TO GOThumbnail for article : CHAT 100 Mile Helper kits READY TO GO
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) have now put the 100 Mile Helper Kits together and wil shortly be distrubiting them to Hositals and GP practices.   The 100 Mile Helper kits are good to go! First batches going to hospitals today.  
9/10/2017
Wedding Dresses Display Cash Handed Over To CHATThumbnail for article : Wedding Dresses Display Cash Handed Over To CHAT
Rev.  John Nugent the minister at St Fergus Church handed over £794 from the Wedding Dresses display by the ladies at St Fergus Church, Wick.  
9/10/2017
Wedding Dresses Display At St Fergus Church, Wick in aid of CHAT FundsThumbnail for article : Wedding Dresses Display At St Fergus Church, Wick in aid of CHAT Funds
The ladies of St Fergus church rallied round to help Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) with yet another fund raiser.   Each year they choose a cause to support either abroad or local This year they decide to help CHAT in their efforts to stop continued reduction in local health services by NHS Highland.  
6/10/2017
Wedding Memorabilia Display in aid of CHAT at St Fergus Church, Wick
Saturday 7th October 10.30am - 3.30pm Call in to see the display and support CHAT..  
27/9/2017
50th Wedding Anniversary Wick Couple Asked Guests To Donate to CHATThumbnail for article : 50th Wedding Anniversary Wick Couple Asked Guests To Donate to CHAT
Maureen and Gordon Doull from Wick have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Mackays Hotel and asked their guests to make donations to Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) as they are so concerned at what is happening to health services in Caithness.   The couple handed over a £750 to Bill Fernie, chairman of CHAT and founder member Councillor Nicola Sinclair.  
CHAT sends first batch of 1,000 protest postcards to First MinisterThumbnail for article : CHAT sends first batch of 1,000 protest postcards to First Minister
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) has gathered 2,410 postcards from members of the public protesting the centralisation of health services under NHS Highland.  The postcards carry the slogan ‘100 miles too far' in reference to the 100 mile journey patients frequently have to travel to receive basic care.