• The facts
  • Maternity Unit in crisis

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    Currently more than half of pregnant women are being asked to travel 100 miles or more to give birth. Caithness General Hospital is home to a small but very well respected Maternity Unit, which handles around 150 births each year. The unit, and the wider hospital, has historically been supported by consultants. NHS Highland aims […]

  • The facts
  • Calling for consultants

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    Caithness General now has only 4 consultants. NHS Highland aims to provide 12 consultants to Caithness General Hospital – three each in medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and anaesthetics. For many years we have had to manage on 4: two in obstetrics and gynaecology and one each in surgery and anaesthetics. This has resulted in a […]

  • News
  • We want to hear from you

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    We’re calling on the people of Caithness to share their healthcare experiences with us. Your stories will be essential in helping us to win our campaign for improved healthcare services in the far north of Scotland. We’re keen to hear from anyone who has been treated by NHS Highland particularly in recent months, especially patients of […]

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  • CHAT officially launched

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    Far north campaigners found Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) to fight for improved healthcare services. Highland Councillors, Community Councillors, health professionals, activists and members of the public from across Caithness have joined forces to form a new campaign group, Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT). The formation of CHAT comes in response to ongoing concerns about […]

  • CHAT
  • Make maternity matter

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    Currently more than half of pregnant women are being asked to travel 100 miles or more to give birth. Caithness General Hospital is home to a small but very well respected Maternity Unit, which handles around 150 births each year. The unit, and the wider hospital, has historically been supported by consultants. NHS Highland aims […]

  • Your stories
  • Coming soon…

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    We have been inundated with stories from across the community, covering everything from maternity and paediatrics to care homes and respite. Every experience is unique but they share a common theme: genuine fears about the future of local healthcare services. We are a new group and there’s lots to do, so please bear with us […]

  • CHAT
  • Save our surgeons

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    Caithness General now has only 4 consultants. NHS Highland aims to provide 12 consultants to Caithness General Hospital – three each in medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and anaesthetics. For many years we have had to manage on 4: two in obstetrics and gynaecology and one each in surgery and anaesthetics. This has resulted in a […]

  • CHAT
  • Improve local care

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    Remote locations shouldn’t have to put up with second-rate healthcare. For too long, Caithness (and most of the north Highlands and Islands) has quietly accepted healthcare services that falls well below national standards. We have put up with long waiting times – many orthopaedic patients recently waited over a year for surgery. We have put […]

  • The facts
  • GP service under strain

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    Wick’s Riverview GP practice has only 4 doctors for 7,000 patients. There is a national shortage of GPs, but Caithness feels this even more sharply. Two practices run from Wick Medical Centre, which together have only 5 GPs for the entire community. Meanwhile, Riverbank practice in Thurso is run by NHS Highland, and in the 2015/16 […]