The Covid-19 virus continues to impact the delivery of health and social care services and whilst that is the case here at The Orkney News we will strive to keep our readers informed.
Public Health Scotland report that on the week ending 4th of June there were 96 acute Covid-19 admissions into hospitals. A fall from the previous week where the number was 124.
There were 111 patients in hospital with Covid-19. However, there was a change to inpatient definition from 08 May 2023 (max number 10 days). The previous week there had been 134 patients in hospital with Covid.
There were 4 patients in ICU with Covid.
On 7th of June NHS Orkney was able to announce the following:
“In Patients 2 (IP2) has now reopened to all visitors following a closure due to a Covid outbreak. We are still experiencing pressures across the system with limited bed capacity.
We continue to urge the community to seek the right care, in the right place. Please do visit NHS Inform,https://www.nhsinform.scot/ for advice and guidance. Visit your pharmacy for minor ailments or phone your GP Practice if required. For out of hours, call NHS 111. If you are acutely unwell, please call 999 or attend the Emergency Department (ED)”
Monitoring of waste water is another tool in tracking the prevalence of the virus in local communities. The report for Kirkwall , 29th May 2023, continues to show a positive number.
Vaccination has been crucial in reducing the severity of Covid-19 , for most people. In the Spring vaccination programme , 450,738 people in Scotland have been vaccinated. Those eligible for vaccine were: people aged 75+; older Care Home residents; those with weakened immune systems. The uptake in Orkney has been 76.4% (2,366). The highest uptake has been in The Borders at 82.2% and the lowest is in Fife at 64.5%.
NHS Orkney is offering Drop-in Vaccination Clinics
If you have received a letter and haven’t managed to attend a clinic, you have a weakened immune system and think you may be eligible for a vaccine or you want a first, second or third COVID-19 vaccine you can find more information by visiting https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine or calling the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
We are offering drop in clinics at The Balfour on:
- Mondays 12, 19 & 26 June from 1.20pm – 3pm
- Tuesdays 13, 20 & 27 June from 09.30am – 11am