Jenny Spence and her fellow fundraisers find themselves at the forefront of a growing campaign to retain services in the Caithness General Hospital. From a small fund-raising group normally donating items to the hospital they find themselves rocketing towards national status as they galvanise local groups and support into one campaign to retain and improve services at their local hospital.
Posters in Caithness supporting the demonstrations at Caithness General Hospital on Monday 15 December have turned a current Television advertising campaign for flights from Inverness airport on its head. Whilst the TV ad shows how great it is that you can now fly to many places from Inverness the posters bring home the point that few in the north want the same service for delivering babies up to 130 miles away..
Professor Calder is to hold a short press conference at Wick Airport shortly after he arrives. With interest in the visit now coming under intense scrutiny he is likely to face a barrage of questions from reporters.
Wick is likely to be somewhat noisier than usual from 12 Noon as a "Toot Your horn " campaign is gets underway for drivers passing the demo on Monday 15 December. Drivers are being asked to toot their support as they drive past the demo taking place outside the Caithness General Hospital..
A group of external assessors will be carrying out an independent clinical assessment of maternity services in Caithness next week. They will be meeting with local health professionals, the Scottish Ambulance Service and with a group of community representatives during a two day visit.
Nigel Hobson, Director of Quality and Nursing, confirmed a report by the BBC today: "I regret to confirm that I have just been informed that Dr Harry Olorunda, Consultant Obstetrician in Caithness General Hospital, has now accepted a job at another hospital. We have not yet, however, formally received Dr Olorunda 's resignation, but would expect this in due course.
An unusual site in Caithness is to take place on Monday 15 December at 12 Noon when a demonstration organised by The League of Friends will take place outside the Caithness General Hospital. The demonstration (a rare thing in Caithness) is to show the strength of feeling about the possibility of downgrading the Maternity services in the county.
5,900 people - three quarters of all households wrote letters. The Highland Council has warmly welcomed a decision by NHS Highland to rethink plans for future acute hospital services in the Belford Hospital, Fort William.
A large audience turned out for the meeting organised by the League of Friends of Caithness General Hospital. Speakers included - Jamie Stone MSP, David Flear Caithness Area Convenor, George Bruce, chair of Caithness Health Forum, and councillors Bill Fernie and Graham Smith.
"Use Continental Practice To Support Caithness Maternity" SNP list member for the Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson welcomes the turn out of last nights (Wednesday 26th of November) public meeting about the downgrading of Wick Maternity Ward. He will be present at the 15 December meeting with Prof.
Young Castletown man, Stuart Craigie, has successfully completed his RAF basic training and he now moves on to 12 month trade training at RAF Cosford for his role as a propulsion engineer. He will then partake in on-the-job training at an operational base and he hopes this will be servicing the Nimrod aircraft, possibly at RAF Kinloss.
The Convener of The Highland Council's Caithness Area Committee, Councillor David Flear, has joined the call for health bosses to consider upgrading maternity services at Caithness General Hospital. Councillor Flear intends raising the matter at the next Area Committee meeting on Monday 15 September and expects to send a firmly worded response to the Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, who are currently reviewing maternity services provided in Wick as part of a Scotland-wide review.
Caithness County Show 2003 - Photos..
The 2003 Caithness Canine Open Dog Show was well attended although entries were down on last year due another show elsewhere. The club had recruited Albert Wight a well known show judge who recently judged the Best In Show category at Crufts in London.
Mums and kids made a day out to Thurso with visits to Viking Bowl, Ormlie Skateboard Park and Thurso Swimming Pool all on a lovely sunny day..
Thrumster village Hall had a smash hit night right from the outset. Full to overflowing, standing room only and people turned away.
In 2001, one of our Day Care staff, Mairi Coghill, successfully produced a Magazine called the “Bayview Buzz”. This contained lots of interesting articles about Local Folklore.
A very succesful holiday club was run by mums in Pulteneytown using the South School hall and playground. John Thurso the local member of parliament visited the club and was delighted to see the range of activities organised to occupy the children..
See photos at the link above..