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NHS Highland urges caution in Sutherland and the rest of the region as Covid-19 numbers start to increase

By Ian Duncan

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

After a period where the number of Covid-19 cases in NHS Highland were either declining or plateauing officials are now seeing a rise in numbers.

However, thanks in large part to the vaccination programme, a smaller percentage of people are becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.

But the large number of cases overall does mean the area is seeing an increase in people needing inpatient treatment.

As of yesterday, despite efforts to keep and treat as many people as possible at home, NHS Highland had 53 inpatients with Covid across its area.

There have been outbreaks in hospitals and care homes with colleagues affected as well as patients and care home residents.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS Highland, said: “Though it may seem as though the world is moving back to 'normal', Covid is still a very real risk.

“It may be tempting to wear your mask less, skip hand washing, or to go out and socialise more – especially when many of you delayed or cancelled Christmas parties with friends, family and colleagues – but I am asking you to think carefully about the impact of reducing those precautions which have helped keep so many of us safe.

“Covid is a risk to people's health, not only directly, but also through the indirect pressure it puts on other services. Reducing transmission is still absolutely vital to allow us to care for people across all NHS Highland services.

“I would like to thank all colleagues across health and social care who are going above and beyond to keep services running. I’d also like to thank members of the public for everything they have done to help keep them and others safe during this very challenging time.”

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