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Medical services over the holiday period - 17/12/2014

NHS Orkney is asking the public to use local medical services wisely over the holiday period.

GP surgeries will be closed for four consecutive days over b...

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month - 20/11/2014

Lung cancer is Scotland's most common can...

Media release - Mouth cancer campaign launches in Orkney - 11/11/2014

NHS Orkney’s Public Dental Service is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of a disease which has grown by a third in the last decade and is predicted to increase further. ...

Media release - International Baby Friendly award for Balfour Hospital - 07/11/2014

The Maternity Unit at Balfour Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). The internationally recognised award will be presented by Elaine Peace, NHS Orkney&rs...

Media Release - Three bidders chosen to compete for new Orkney hospital project - 31/10/2014

Three bidders chosen to compete for new Orkney hospital project
 
The next key stage in the development of the new £59 million hospi...

Media release - Integration of health and social care services - 24/10/2014

NHS Orkney approved at its Board meeting on October 23, the establishment of a ‘body corporate’ model to take forward the integration of certain health and social care services with Orkney Islands Council. The aim is to draw up plans ...

Media release - Statement from Primary Care Department NHS Orkney - 14/10/2014

There was a break in at Heilendi Practice overnight.  A small quantity of drugs and money were taken.
Contingency plans were put into operation this morn...

Media release - Simple life-saving scan for men in Orkney - 19/09/2014

A simple scan to detect a condition that affects one in 20 men aged over 65 is being offered by NHS Orkney. The condition is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (known as “triple A” − AAA) which is potentially fatal.

Media release - NHS Orkney Annual Review on 29 September - 19/09/2014

The annual review of NHS Orkney will take place at 1.00 pm on September 29 in the Saltire Room, Piper Suite, Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall.
 

Flu Vaccinations - 18/09/2014

As usual anyone aged 18-65 with certain medical conditions and all patients over age 65 can come and get their yearly injectable flu vaccine. These will be arriving in Orkney towards the end of September and each GP practice will be publicising details of thei...

Free Blood Pressure Checks - 19 September 2014 - 17/09/2014

On Friday 19th September NHS Orkney are arranging a drop in to offer Free Blood Pressure Checks between 11am and 4pm at the Town Hall in Kirkwall.

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Public Holiday - Monday 22 September 2014 - 15/09/2014

All GP Practices on the mainland and outer isles of Orkney will be closed for the Public Holiday on Monday 22 September.

GP arrangements will be the same as weekend cover in the even...

Media Release - Army Partnership - 10/09/2014

A project looking at how the Army and NHS Orkney could work together to develop unique placement opportunities on Orkney is now gathering pace.
 

Don't miss out on the chance to nominate your Orkney health hero - closing date is Monday 8 September - 05/09/2014

There are just days left for people across Orkney to nominate teams and individuals for the Scottish Health Awards 2014.​ The deadline is Monday 8 September.​
Media release - Don’t miss out on nominating Orkney Health Heroes for Top Awards - 28/08/2014
 
There are just days left for people across Orkney to nominate teams and individuals for the Scottish Health Awards 2014. ...

Media Release - Support on offer to hospital smokers - 18/08/2014

Support on offer to hospital smokers
 
NHS Orkney is launching a new patient information leaflet which aims to explain the health and safety issues a...

Helpful hints for enjoying late summer activities - 13/08/2014

 

Are you planning to enjoy the last of the summer season with some hill walking/exploring or attending any late summer festivals?

Public Holiday - Thursday 7 August 2014 - 06/08/2014

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Helpful hints for Show week - 05/08/2014

 

Balfour Healthy walkers - Health Walk today at 1300 - 01/08/2014

Media Release - Hospital project director appointed - 28/07/2014

Hospital project director appointed...

Stay Safe this Summer! - 25/07/2014

Stay safe this summer!

Yippee, the summer is upon us and whilst it is important that we enjoy this glorious weather it is also important that we lo...

Update from Cathie Cowan in relation to New Hospital and Healthcare facility - 24/07/2014

I am delighted to announce that our business case for a new hospital and health care facilities has been approved by the Scott...

Tai Chi for Health - 24/07/2014

GET OUTDOORS WEEKEND, 9th/10th August. Get Active, Get Outdoors, Have Fun! - 24/07/2014

GET OUTDOORS WEEKEND, 9th/10th August.  Get Active, Get Outdoors, Have Fun!
 
After a summer of sporting excellence, it’s your turn!  &n...

Media release - New hospital for Orkney passes another milestone - 24/07/2014

The new hospital and health care facility to replace Balfour hospital in Orkney has taken a step closer with approval of the ‘outline business case’ by the Scottish Government.
PRESS RELEASE: NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL HEALTH HERO FOR TOP AWARD - 21/07/2014
Nomintation sought for Scottish Health Awards 2014
 
Message from Cathie Cowan regarding breach of confidentiality - 16/07/2014
Dear residents
 
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Media Release - NHS Orkney – Board meeting Update - 08/07/2014

A number of key issues were discussed at a recent meeting of the NHS Orkney board (Friday 4th July).
 
1. Health and Social Care Integration
 

Media release - NHS Orkney to explore renewable energy options for new hospital - 01/07/2014

NHS Orkney are pleased to confirm they are considering the use of renewable energy to power the county’s new hospital and healthcare facility.
 
Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF) has been inv...

Silver Line Scotland - 24/06/2014

 

 

 

Media Release - Campaign in Orkney- taking a fresh look at the medicines you take. - 19/06/2014
PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT THE MEDICINES THEY TAKE
Summer Drink Driving campaign - 05/06/2014
Figures show that approximately one in eight deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit.
 
Don’t put yourself in harm’s way and become another statis...

Media Release - Patient satisfaction with primary care services - 03/06/2014

 

NHS Orkney has welcomed the publication of a national survey into patient experience of accessing primary care services across the county.

 

 
The Health and Care Exp...

Public Holiday - Monday 5 May 2014 - 01/05/2014

Public Holiday - Monday 5 May - 28/04/2014

All GP Practices on the mainland and outer isles...

Appointment of Project Director - 24/04/2014

Public Holiday - Monday 21 April - 17/04/2014

Due to the Public Holiday on Monday 21 April 2014 some NHS Orkney services in...

Public Holiday - Monday 21 April, Closure of GP Surgeries - 14/04/2014

All GP Practices on the mainland and outer isles of Orkney will be closed for the Public Holiday on Monday 21 April. 

GP arrangements will be the same as weekend cover in the event that someone needs to s...

Media release - Telephone helpline for older people - 08/04/2014

NHS Orkney is supporting a recently launched confidential helpline for older people in Scotland. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, the Silver Line Scotland service is delivered by Age Scotland ...

Media release - Local CT scanner work gets go ahead - 08/04/2014

The new CT scanner for NHS patients in Orkney has moved a step closer with the approval of the planning application for building work by OIC. The contract for construction work will now go out to tender with completed bids back by early May.<...

Media release - NHS Orkney announces new Vice-Chair - 04/03/2014

The new Vice-chair of NHS Orkney is Naomi Bremner, who has served as a Board member since 2010.
 
Mrs Bremner, who was chosen in a vote by the nine non-executives of the Health Board, says she is deli...

Media release - New hospital a step closer - 04/03/2014

Media Release: Renewed warning about drinking craze - 11/02/2014

Renewed warning about drinking craze
 
Following last week’s warning by the Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership over the internet drinking craze 'Nek Nomination', NHS Orkney’s...

Media Release - Funding increases for health boards - 10/02/2014

Responding to the announcement On Friday February 7 by the Scottish Government of funding increases for health boards, [http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Increase-in-NHS-funding-909.aspx] Gerry O'Brien, Director of Finance, for NHS Orkney said:
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Media Release - OADP warning over internet drinking craze - 03/02/2014

Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership are reminding members of the public of the potential dangers around an internet ‘drinking game’ Nek Nomination.
 
The ‘game’ which encourages pe...

Media Release - NHS Orkney’s Director of Public Health appointed to two influential national posts - 20/01/2014

NHS Orkney’s Director of Public Health has been appointed to two influential national posts with the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
Two new dental practices to open in Kirkwall - 13/01/2014
Waiting times for NHS dentistry are set to be reduced following the announcement today by NHS Orkney that two new independent dental practices are to open in Kirkwall.

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