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    Quote Originally Posted by neilsermk1 View Post
    Tonka, the GP appointments in Thurso are not much better, If you can get an appointment its probably with a locum you have never met before.
    Thats because as withe the hospital the GPs cant get anyone to come here to work this is across the Country as well as in Caithness. We need to have some amazing incentives to attract these staff North of which we have .....now let me see.........very few. I dont just mean Salary there are other attractions that senior Drs look for such as further training, study leave,sabbaticals etc.

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    NHS highland are advertising for a new chairperson as Garry CouttsIs standing down. Take a look and apply.

    https://applications.appointed-for-s...dex=1&Number=9

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    How is employing somebody at nearly 30 thousand a year, going to solve the issue of a severe lack of basic services, a lack of Consultants and a lack of GP's in this area ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptdodger View Post
    How is employing somebody at nearly 30 thousand a year, going to solve the issue of a severe lack of basic services, a lack of Consultants and a lack of GP's in this area ?
    Exactly my thoughts also.
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    Well I dont know that it is - but as Garry Coutts has been chairperson for the last 12 years and no one seems happy with the NHS service in Caithness then it seems likely that there is an opportunity for someone to change the way the NHS is run. The chairperson of the board has the opportunity to do exactly that. I thought that perhaps somebody reading this might have the experience and knowledge to be able to do that and how good would it be to have someone in charge that has the best interests of the service at the heart of what they do, and understands the particular difficulties facing places like Caithness. I just thought its sensible to bring to people's attention so they can apply if they want.

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    Well said Squidge, there must be someone out there with the necessary Experience Training and Knowledge to take up the post.

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    My vote would be for Alice in Blunderland.
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    My NHS days are over I would think it would take more than one person to change this car crash happening. I would think it would take a few people to step aside and put those with the best interests of Caithness in charge and put all control back to a local level for start what works for Raigmore doesnt necessarily work for Caithness.

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    I think it would take a lot of work too get wick hospital up too the 21st century.

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    You could have a state of the art hospital in Wick, what difference would it make though if you cannot get anybody to staff it, as in Consultants or Doctors. No amount of people sitting round a table are going to solve the problem that people just do not want to work and live here.


    I spent over a year attending a surgery in Thurso in that time I maybe saw one of the Dr's twice, because of what's wrong with me I had to go there quite often.
    The surgery and staff that were permanent were lovely, but the problem was lack of continuity, having to explain in great detail what was wrong with me every single time got a bit wearing to be honest.

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    The staff are ok at the hospital and they need too get hygiene up too standard

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    Quote Originally Posted by norma stewart View Post
    The staff are ok at the hospital and they need too get hygiene up too standard
    I am not in any way knocking the staff at Caithness General, they have been excellent the couple of times I have had to go there. I say a couple because I have to go to Raigmore for everything else, including on one occasion having my blood taken.

    The problem is, there is not enough Consultants or Dr's there that specialise, and going by what my Consultant at Raigmore told me, there never will be.

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    I expect it will be in the Groat tomorrow but here's the advance notice........The maternity unit in CGH is going to become Community Midwifery Unit with almost immediate effect. NHS Highland will put some sort of gloss on the decision and deny that it means a poorer service......'me thinks they do protest too much'
    Just when you think everythings fine, life slaps you in the face.

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    I don't think this is acceptable. Is there any group set up to fight this?

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    Shout as loud as you like but I suspect nobody is listening. In fact I am pretty sure NHS Highland doesn't want to listen.
    Just when you think everythings fine, life slaps you in the face.

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    You may be right grumpy hippo but I'll still be interested to know if anything is happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpyhippo View Post
    I expect it will be in the Groat tomorrow but here's the advance notice........The maternity unit in CGH is going to become Community Midwifery Unit with almost immediate effect. NHS Highland will put some sort of gloss on the decision and deny that it means a poorer service......'me thinks they do protest too much'
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland/h...ds_and_islands

    It's bad enough losing a child, but when it is preventable - that is unforgivable.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-34177182

    The situation is not going to get any better any time soon.

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    Could see this coming a mile off. Now for the reduction in hospital services and we don't need a crystal ball to predict this one. Any day soon everyone will be met at the doors of A&E and dispatched elsewhere watch this space.

    Heres a suggestion just assess them in the ambulance and that would save you even more !!

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    I wish I had then I wouldn't have moved here. I made sure there was a Consultant available here before doing so. I have watched the health service deteriorate over the past six years, to the extent it is now costing lives. But you are right, Caithness General is now not fit for purpose.

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    I continue to receive very good care at Caithness General (as an out-patient) and have no complaints. We recently had to go to A and E in the middle of the night and we were dealt with quickly and thoroughly and professionally at all stages and felt reassured about the nature of the problem and that we had a correct diagnosis and follow up to be put in place.

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