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NHS Highland warns of continued high levels of Covid in the community

By Niall Harkiss

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NHS Highland are urging to people to remain vigilant in an effort to reduce Covid cases.

Continued high levels of Covid cases across the Highlands has put NHS Highland under pressure.

A number of outbreaks in hospitals, care homes and other locations relate directly to this increased community spread.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland Director of Public Health. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland Director of Public Health. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS Highland, said: "In our health and care settings we can ensure we use appropriate PPE, and take extra care 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 and indeed, we are 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, which may not be Ward GC, the Covid ward in Raigmore Hospital.

"I urge everyone to remain vigilant: whether at work, leisure, or in a healthcare setting, and help us to reduce cases and keep people safe."

With many people isolating, NHS Highland have fewer colleagues available to care for people.

The health board have taken action to 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.

They have also asked non-clinical staff to help where they can in support roles.

An NHS Highland spokesperson said: "We would like to thank everyone who has come forward, but still need to do everything possible to reduce the pressure throughout the system."

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