NHS Highland remains under pressure

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Continued high levels of Covid across Argyll and Bute are keeping NHS Highland under pressure.

A number of outbreaks in hospitals, care homes and other locations are directly responsible for this increased spread across communities.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health for NHS Highland says in health care settings they can make sure appropriate PPE is used and that extra care is taken with handwashing and distancing ‘but people are increasingly relaxed when out and about in their communities. Unfortunately this does mean Covid continues to spread.’

Thanks to vaccination, most cases are mild he says and the health board is seeing people admitted to hospital for other reasons who subsequently test positive.

‘This change means we are managing some Covid-positive patients differently: looking after them in the area appropriate for their needs,’ said Dr Allison urging everyone to stay vigilant: whether at work, leisure, or in a healthcare setting, to help reduce cases and keep people safe.

‘With many people isolating, we have fewer colleagues available to care for people. We have taken action to try and make as many staff as possible available, including asking qualified colleagues currently in non-clinical positions to temporarily move back to front-facing roles, and requesting help from partners.

‘We have also asked non-clinical staff to help where they can in support roles. We would like to thank everyone who has come forward, but still need to do everything possible to reduce the pressure throughout the system,’ he said.

Official figures show Argyll and Bute saw 1,048 positive cases reported between February 26 and March 4.

During those same seven days, Oban South reported 56 cases, Oban North had 29 new cases with a total of 25 cases in Mull, Iona and Tiree, 14 in Loch Awe and 77 in the Benderloch Trail area.

Caption: Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health for NHS Highland, warns a number of outbreaks in hospitals, care homes and other locations are directly responsible for this increased spread across our communities.