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Medical Services News

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.  
15/5/2017
Statement To CHAT From Labour Candidate Olivia Bell
Caithness Health Action Team.   CHAT's decision to withdraw from the Caithness Maternity and Gynaecological Group should make every politician sit up and take notice.  
15/5/2017
Challenge to SNP and Tories in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from LabourThumbnail for article : Challenge to SNP and Tories in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from Labour
Candidates standing for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in the General Election have been challenged to spell out what action they would take to support local health campaigners if elected as an MP.   Scottish Labour's Olivia Bell said she was keen that the action part of supporting the local community wasn't lost in hot air and fine words.  
13/5/2017
Mad Hatters Tea Party In Aid Of CHATThumbnail for article : Mad Hatters Tea Party In Aid Of CHAT
Saturday 27th May 2017.   Tickets available to Thurso and Wick Eye Candy shops.  
23/4/2017
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) - Visual Impact DayThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT)  - Visual Impact Day
Well it looks like almost everyone in the area has used Caithness General at some time.   CHAT will discuss at its meeting in the Park Hotel, Thurso whether to sponsor a candidates for the Westminster election on 8th June.  
19/4/2017
CHAT Visual Impact Day and Rally Sunday 23 April
CHAT - Caithness Health Action Team Bignold Park, Wick 2.30pm Sunday 23rd April 2017 Morning everyone, sorry for the delay.  We have broken the categories down into ten groups for Sunday's Visual Impact Protest in the Bignold Park, Wick at 2.30pm.  
Caithness Model Club Donates £500 To Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT)Thumbnail for article : Caithness Model Club Donates £500 To Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT)
Caithness Model Club handed over a cheque for £500 to Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) at the first day of their annual model exhibition in the Norseman Hotel, Wick today.   Chairman of CHAT Bill Fernie and committee member Liz More accepted the donation on behalf of CHAT.  
Caithness Model Club Gives £500 to Caithness BefriendersThumbnail for article : Caithness Model Club Gives £500 to Caithness Befrienders
Caithness Model club today handed over another cheque for £500 to Caithness Befrienders.   The group who are involved in matching volunteers with people who might live alone have been increasing their activities.  
Caithness Health Action Team Gets £1000 Boost To Funds From Wick Community CouncilThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Action Team Gets £1000 Boost To Funds From Wick Community Council
Chairman of Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT), Bill Fernie received a big boost to the CHAT funds from Wick Community council when they handed over a cheque for £1000 to help with campaigning about Health related issues in Caithness.   Bill said,"The funds coming in show that we have a huge amount of support for our campaigns with the community making sure we can do things to highlight concerns at reductions across our services for health and the discomfort caused to mothers and families who need to travel to Raigmore.  
Caithness Health Action Team - Information Gathering and Visual Impact DayThumbnail for article : Caithness Health Action Team - Information Gathering and Visual Impact Day
Posted on The CHAT Facebook page for our next action.   Evening firstly thanks to everyone who has supported us and offered help.  
26/11/2016
CHAT Stall At Wick Fun Day Raises Great Amount For Fighting Fund
CHAT's treasurer has sent out a message about today's Funday with regard to the stalls funds - "Well done to everyone involved in the fundraising stall in the Market Square today, the total raised was £672.87 which is really great.  The total is for everything - raffle, donations, etc it includes the £40 that Bill received as donations." CHAT chairman Bill Fernie paid tribute to a great and dedicated group who are pulling out all the stops in their efforts to oppose NHS Highland plans to downgrade maternity services at Caithness General and he said, Once again people in Caithness have shown their generosity and that they are prepared to help ensure that funds are not a problem in taking the campaign forward.  
25/11/2016
Paul Monaghan MP Joins In To Downgrade Caithness Maternity On Safety GroundsThumbnail for article : Paul Monaghan MP Joins In To Downgrade Caithness Maternity On Safety Grounds
Much stress on safety issues and much of what is in the NHS report backs this claim up.  But is that the whole story? There are other issues that are impacted by a decision to remove the consultants.  
25/11/2016
CHAT - Open Public Meeting Tonight Friday 25 November - 7.00pmThumbnail for article : CHAT  - Open Public Meeting Tonight Friday 25 November - 7.00pm
The maternity downgrading issue will be discussed at a public meeting tonight in Assembly Rooms, Wick.   The meeting starts at 7.00pm.  
21/11/2016
CHAT Will Lobby Councillors In Demo At Wick Town Hall - From 9.20am Tuesday 22 NovemberThumbnail for article : CHAT Will Lobby Councillors In Demo At Wick Town Hall - From 9.20am Tuesday 22 November
Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT members and supporters will demonstrate outside Wick Town Hall when the Caithness Committee meets on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.   Meeting is open to the public but may be restricted once seats are full.