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17 January 2021Ideas to spend a Highland Council grant of £500 on.

The SCC has been successful with a £500 grant from the Highland Council to support community resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. As residents and supporters of the SCC, we want to ask you how best to spend the grant.

The focus is on COVID-19 related community activity, and must be on supporting emergency food, supplies and vulnerable individuals. Examples of support could include:

• supporting local volunteer efforts and expenses

• developing promotional materials

• support for local volunteer telephone systems

• making up food packs for vulnerable households

• developing measures to address social isolation

• providing a source of funding to enable groups to shop for individuals in the community where households no longer have cash available and they cannot source local deliveries

• supporting mental wellbeing in the community, connecting with nature etc

Please let us know your thoughts (via email or in the comments section) on how we might best spend this funding. There may be further funding available in the future to support similar projects.

Please share this post if you can to widen the audience for ideas.

Thank you.

12 December 2020Update on progress at the new Broadford Hospital for NHS Highland

Following the recent SCC meeting we asked NHS Highland for a quick update on progress at the new hospital in Broadford.

'Construction at Broadford is progressing well despite COVID restrictions. Internal partitions and M&E (mechanical and engineering) installation have started, windows are mostly installed so that the building is substantially wind and water tight, and work is now progressing on fitting the zinc cladding to the exterior elevations. Within NHSH, we are also busy selecting and ordering equipment, and generally planning for the migration.

We are working to a construction completion date of the 2nd August 2021, and while detailed migration planning is still in process and we don't yet have an exact date, we expect to be operational in the new hospital in October 2021.

In terms of clinical services, the key addition is that there will now be a renal dialysis unit within the new building which will mean dialysis patients no longer having to travel to Inverness three times per week. A temporary dialysis unit is also planned to open in January 2021 within the existing hospital.'

You'll find some drone footage of the exterior at Progress on the Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross Community Hospital - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL-flFyn2Ig

A walkthrough of the unit is also available here

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3OfEbXWZN5bmmT3ovgz-yON1s7-2zgrE

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