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End of 2023 is earliest date for new Highland prison to be operational

04 May 2020
End of 2023 is earliest date for new Highland prison to be operational

End of 2023 is earliest date for new Highland prison to be operational

04 May 2020

The late 2023 date for opening of a new prison in Inverness is a step forward for the project which was postponed indefinitely three months ago.


UK hits target of more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day

01 May 2020
UK hits target of more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day

UK hits target of more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day

01 May 2020

UK health secretary Matt Hancock reveals a total of 122,347 tests were carried out yesterday


Scotland aiming to analyse 12,000 coronavirus tests daily by mid-May

01 May 2020
Scotland aiming to analyse 12,000 coronavirus tests daily by mid-May

Scotland aiming to analyse 12,000 coronavirus tests daily by mid-May

01 May 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she expects Covid-19 testing capacity in Scotland to rise to more than 10,000 a day next week


Inverness lab to lead Scotland's testing of coronavirus antibodies

01 May 2020
Inverness lab to lead Scotland's testing of coronavirus antibodies

Inverness lab to lead Scotland's testing of coronavirus antibodies

01 May 2020

NHS Highland and a lab in Inverness are to lead the way in Scotland for antibody testing for Covid-19, health secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed.


Ross-shire tailor has locals covered with big-hearted Covid-19 mask initiative

01 May 2020
Ross-shire tailor has locals covered with big-hearted Covid-19 mask initiative

Ross-shire tailor has locals covered with big-hearted Covid-19 mask initiative

01 May 2020

A TAILOR in Ross-shire's county town has been making free masks for locals with leftover material – and is on the lookout for material to make more.


NHS Highland revamps services to minimise coronavirus risk

30 April 2020
NHS Highland revamps services to minimise coronavirus risk

NHS Highland revamps services to minimise coronavirus risk

30 April 2020

NHS Highland medical director Dr Boyd Peters has warned the Covid-19 bug is likely to be a danger for at least a year.


First Minister calls on the country not to risk progress on tackling spread of Covid-19

30 April 2020
First Minister calls on the country not to risk progress on tackling spread of Covid-19

First Minister calls on the country not to risk progress on tackling spread of Covid-19

30 April 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she “really feared” just a few weeks ago that the NHS in Scotland would be overwhelmed by the coronavirus.


Covid-19 impact almost quadruples Highland Council's budget gap

29 April 2020
Covid-19 impact almost quadruples Highland Council's budget gap

Covid-19 impact almost quadruples Highland Council's budget gap

29 April 2020

Local authority now has to plug an £80 million black hole in its finances


UK pledges £1.65 billion over the next five years in a bid to find a vaccine for Covid-19

29 April 2020
UK pledges £1.65 billion over the next five years in a bid to find a vaccine for Covid-19

UK pledges £1.65 billion over the next five years in a bid to find a vaccine for Covid-19

29 April 2020

The cash will also go to ensuring that the world's poorest people also get immunised from the virus


Coronovirus toll on care home staff and residents 'deeply distressing', says First Minister

29 April 2020
Coronovirus toll on care home staff and residents 'deeply distressing', says First Minister

Coronovirus toll on care home staff and residents 'deeply distressing', says First Minister

29 April 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the numbers are 'deeply distressing'


Covid-19 death toll in NHS Highland area rises to 72

29 April 2020
Covid-19 death toll in NHS Highland area rises to 72

Covid-19 death toll in NHS Highland area rises to 72

29 April 2020

A total of 72 people have now died in the NHS Highland area from either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 – up from 50 seven days ago.


Could Highlands lead the way in ending lockdown?

28 April 2020
Could Highlands lead the way in ending lockdown?

Could Highlands lead the way in ending lockdown?

28 April 2020

Moves to lift elements of the coronavirus lockdown earlier in the Highlands than elsewhere would be welcomed – but cautiously – it has been claimed.


NHS Highland plan to provide mental health support for employees on agenda

28 April 2020
NHS Highland plan to provide mental health support for employees on agenda

NHS Highland plan to provide mental health support for employees on agenda

28 April 2020

Contracts with psychological therapies provider Validium are being drawn up and could be in place by Friday.


UK health secretary announces life assurance scheme for health and social care workers

27 April 2020
UK health secretary announces life assurance scheme for health and social care workers

UK health secretary announces life assurance scheme for health and social care workers

27 April 2020

As 82 NHS and care staff die due to Covid-19 Matt Hancock reveals their families will get £60,000 under the scheme


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes progress against Covid-19 with intensive care admissions down by a third

27 April 2020
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes progress against Covid-19 with intensive care admissions down by a third

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes progress against Covid-19 with intensive care admissions down by a third

27 April 2020

The number of hospitalisations with the virus has also stabilised and could be on a 'downward trend'


NHS Highland area confirmed as amongst first to get mobile Covid-19 testing units

27 April 2020
NHS Highland area confirmed as amongst first to get mobile Covid-19 testing units

NHS Highland area confirmed as amongst first to get mobile Covid-19 testing units

27 April 2020

The locations for the deployment have not yet been revealed with the logistics still being worked out


Spotlight on Highland Council staff stepping up to new challenges during coronavirus crisis

25 April 2020
Spotlight on Highland Council staff stepping up to new challenges during coronavirus crisis

Spotlight on Highland Council staff stepping up to new challenges during coronavirus crisis

25 April 2020

Highland Council has found itself having to be flexible to fulfil its statutory obligations, with staff in Ross-shire playing their part.


Essential freight routes preserved in multinational agreement

25 April 2020
Essential freight routes preserved in multinational agreement

Essential freight routes preserved in multinational agreement

25 April 2020

Transport minister Grant Shapps has announced a major effort to sustain vital freight routes across Europe.


NHS response to coronavirus infections is 'very rapid', says GP helping to man NHS24 helpline

25 April 2020
NHS response to coronavirus infections is 'very rapid', says GP helping to man NHS24 helpline

NHS response to coronavirus infections is 'very rapid', says GP helping to man NHS24 helpline

25 April 2020

A GP in the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 has assured those afraid they are infected that they'll be seen “rapidly” once they contact NHS24.


Scotland ready to implement on-demand Covid-19 tests for key workers

24 April 2020
Scotland ready to implement on-demand Covid-19 tests for key workers

Scotland ready to implement on-demand Covid-19 tests for key workers

24 April 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland is “ready to go live” with coronavirus testing on-demand for key workers.


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