Monday, January 21, 2019
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Elective surgical procedures have resumed in the main theatre complex at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness this week.

All planned operations were cancelled from 08 February after superficial cracks were found on some of the theatre walls.

Urgent work to rectify the problems was completed last week and after theatres were deep cleaned and air sampling tests completed, the theatres began operating again on Monday 19 February.

Andrew Ward, divisional general manager for the surgical division at Raigmore Hospital, said: “We very much regret we had to cancel planned operations and for the concern and inconvenience this has caused our patients.

“Our clinical teams are currently looking at the all the patients waiting for surgery and will continue to prioritise those with greatest clinical need. With the theatres now in operation we are in a better position to assess the delays for each patient, and how we will communicate with individual patients.”

Kate Forbes MSP has urged those living in the north of the island to make their voices heard in the external review of healthcare provision.

Sir Lewis Ritchie, commissioned by NHS Highland, is on Skye this week for a series of meetings relating to the review, and it is expected that he will report his findings in April.  

Kate Forbes MSP is urging everyone who has previously been in contact with her, by attending surgeries and special meetings, or through phone calls, letters and emails, to make their concerns known.

Following the recent temporary suspension of out-of-hours services at Portree Hospital, the Skye MSP said that healthcare provision in the north of the island has got to be sustainable and reliable.

The constituency MSP for Skye has welcomed new funding which will help resolve tourism infrastructure pressures at some of the most popular hotspots on the island.

Earlier today (26 February) it was announced that the Fairy Pools and the Quirang, both considered to be iconic attractions, will receive funding that will go towards improving car parking provision before the peak summer tourist season.

The Quirang will receive £100,000 from the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate, and the Fairy Pools £200,000 from LEADER.  A new car park will be created for the Quirang, 5km west of Staffin on the Trotternish peninsula, which will have 60 spaces and several additional places for small coaches and motorhomes.

Last summer vehicles were parked on verges and, in some cases, on croft land, as the roads struggled to cope with the high influx of visitors.

At the Fairy Pools, which receives well in excess of 100,000 visitors-a-year, there are plans to expand the existing 35-space car park to accommodate over 100 cars and approximately 20 mini-buses and campervans. Again, there were lengthy tailbacks and parking issues at the site last year.

The news was welcomed by Kate Forbes MSP, who last year hosted a successful visit to the island from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism.

Artists are preparing to present their ideas for a memorial recalling a crofters' uprising on Skye.

Henry Castle and Tom Smith will show their ideas at Staffin Community Hall from 5 to 10 March.

Staffin residents were in dispute with landowners because of rent rises, insecurity of tenure and the eviction of families from land.  The unrest was part of a wider period of land rights struggles in the 19th Century known as the Crofters' War.

Tom Smith, of design collective Lateral North, and sculptor, Henry Castle, were selected from more than 40 applications from all over the world.

Staffin hall toilets will be open on Sundays for the first time.

The decision was made by Staffin Community Hall Association in response to increasing visitor numbers and a general lack of facilities.  

After the Brogaig toilets were closed, Highland Council awarded the Comfort Grant to the hall to enable visitor facilities to continue to be provided.  Whilst the award covers some of the cost of running the toilets, it only runs April to September, Monday to Saturday.

A 60 space car park could be installed at the Quiraing, if a planning application submitted to Highland Council is given the go ahead.

The car park will also have rom for 7-8 larger vehicles at the side of the road, while the car park itself will be off road.  



The external view of Out-of-Hours Urgent Care services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross is to begin in earnest next week.

On Monday 26th February 2018 Sir Lewis Ritchie will start a four-day visit to the area as part an independent examination of local services provided by NHS Highland.

The visit follows an initial series of introductory meetings held on Friday 2 February in Portree and Broadford with local community representatives, clinicians and managers.

A series of meetings are proposed during Sir Lewis’s visit. This will include offering to meet representatives from the SOS-NHS action group; elected members, representatives from community councils of North Skye, Glenelg, Raasay, South Skye and Lochalsh; and key relevant NHS Highland partner agencies including Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), NHS 24, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service,  Police Scotland and the Coast Guard.

Sir Lewis will also meet with a range of NHS staff providing health and social care across the area including GPs and hospital-based staff.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two vehicle collision on the A835 near Garve, which occurred about 2pm on Sunday the 25th February 2018.  
The collision involved a red Seat Leon and a white Audi S3.
The 20 year old male driver of the Seat Leon, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.
The road was closed until 11:30pm to allow for a collision investigation to be carried out at the scene. 

A donation from Rabbie's will go towards planting trees to help screen the Fairy Pools car park.  

The donation of £3000 was given to the Minginish Community Hall Association.

Photograph above from left to right: Nick Adam, Ewan McLeod, Rosario Melendez, Fraser McSorley, Julie Burnett and Alan Richmond.  

A week long Gaelic Medium Residential Sports Leadership Award course took place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig recently.

Fifteen young people in Secondary schools from Mallaig, Ardnamurchan, Plockton, Portree, Dingwall and Inverness completed the SCQS Level 4 in Sports Leadership Award Course in Gaelic.

The Highland Council Gaelic Team in partnership with Highlife Highland secured funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to deliver the course. 

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