‘We want to keep providing our services as usual in Highland but cannot avoid the fact that local government like other businesses will be adversely affected by the highly infectious Omicron variant.’ – Cllr Margaret Davidson.
NHS Highland’s Chief Officer (Acute) Katherine Sutton said the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in local communities was having a direct impact on hospital staffing levels.
Essential Visits such as End of Life; birth partners; children; patients with acute mental health issues; and those with dementia, learning disabilities or autism, can be made more than once a day if required.
Dr Nick Phin, Director of Public Health Science and Medical Director, said early evidence suggests that this new Covid variant is much more transmissible.
The mobile testing unit Testalot will be available for drop-in LFD testing for anyone without symptoms at Middle Street Car Park, in Middle Street, Fort William, today (Thursday) from 9am-4pm and tomorrow (Friday) from noon-4pm.
Mr MacDonald has now taken this issue up with constituency MSP Kate Forbes, asking her to look into the matter.
Dr Jenny Wares from Health Protection Scotland underlined the strong partnership working going on between health and education.