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Stormy weather leads to last minute cancellation of north coast vaccination clinic

By Caroline McMorran

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NHS Highland has apologised for cancelling a Covid and flu vaccination clinic on the north coast at the last minute, but said it was due to the stormy weather conditions.

A clinic was scheduled to take place at the Kyle Centre, Tongue, yesterday and all eligible residents had been sent a letter in advance.

However as Storm Arwen battered the country, the clinic was cancelled early on Sunday morning.

Another clinic is to be arranged as soon as possible.
Another clinic is to be arranged as soon as possible.

An NHS spokesman said: “The team running the clinic took the difficult decision to cancel the clinic early Sunday morning due to the weather conditions at the time.

“Messages were posted on our website, social media and sent to local radio to ensure we could reach as many people as possible.

“One of our team also stayed at the venue for a time in case people did turn up.

“We are sorry it was cancelled at such short notice but the safety of our patients and our staff had to be taken into consideration. We will look to rearrange the clinic as soon as possible."

A north coast resident told the Northern Times: “As most people covered by the Tongue surgery live within, at the most, nine miles, it (the decision to cancel the clinic) could be a costly knee-jerk reaction in health terms.”

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