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NHS Highland says it 'no longer considers itself on code black', after last week raising concerns about capacity due to Highland's rising Covid numbers

By Louise Glen

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NHS Highland has said it no longer considers itself to be on 'code black'.

Last week, NHS Highland had said it was 'code black', due to a large spike in Covid cases and staff absence due to self isolating, and was no longer able to offer non-urgent operations and outpatient services.

Hospitals use codes, like code black, code blue, code red, to manage and inform staff of potential emergencies.

But in spite of high demand over the weekend, a spokesman for NHS Highland, said its position had been "reassessed".

He said: "Last week we highlighted that Raigmore Hospital was at code black status and that work was taking place to ensure we can treat our patients appropriately and compassionately.

"A whole system approach has been adopted by colleagues to ensure we continue to deliver services to the most critically ill and vulnerable patients whilst managing the widespread pressures.

"Over the weekend we have continued to experience high levels of demand across health and social care services.

"We want to thank all of our staff and contracted services for their hard work and dedication across all parts of the health and social care service through challenging times."

He added: "We have reassessed the position and no longer consider ourselves to be on code black."

READ: NHS Highland declares a Code Black for Raigmore Hospital

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