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FM: NHS Orkney has coped well during the crisis

Iain Stewart
NHS Orkney
NHS Orkney chief executive Iain Stewart

Calum Ross from the Press & Journal asks about concerns within NHS Orkney.

A senior medic at the health board has resigned claiming failings make him "fear for the safety of patients", while the chief executive Iain Stewart has been criticised for travelling to his home on the mainland at weekends.

Nicola Sturgeon says the health board is conducting an investigation into travel allegations so she declines to comment further on this.

“NHS Orkney has coped well during the crisis,” she says, adding the government will continue to work with all health boards to ensure the right support is in place.

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1088, 5 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 327, * (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 261,* (*)
  • Fife 885, 57 (*)
  • Forth Valley 952, 5 (*)
  • Grampian 1294, 56 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 4010, 255 (*)
  • Highland 341, 7 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 2035, 49 (*)
  • Lothian 2807, 134 (5)
  • Orkney 8 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1,687, 6 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Island business may not be able to open with 2m distance rule

Drivetime with John Beattie

BBC Radio Scotland

Tobermory
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Businesses on island communities may not be able to open while the 2m rule is in operation, the chairman of Visit Mull & Iona says.

Colin Morrison says many will be "pretty hopeful" the distance can be reduced by 15 July, when the tourism sector has been given the go-ahead to reopen.

The islands face the "added issue" of ferries, which may only be able to run at 20% capacity he adds.

Elaine Tulloch of Destination Orkney says the provisional date has brought some comfort to the sector and they will be looking to work with transport operators in the coming weeks.

The chief executive says the sector wanted to open in a way that is safe and part of a joined-up approach.

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1,079, 10in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 326,* (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 261, * (*)
  • Fife 879, 54 (*)
  • Forth Valley 946, 10 (*)
  • Grampian 1286, 60 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3981, 295 (0)
  • Highland 339, 6 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 2008, 58 (*)
  • Lothian 2772, 146 (7)
  • Orkney 8* *
  • Shetland 54* *
  • Tayside 1676, 7 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6* *

* = less than 5

Patient virus results sent to business by mistake

Balfour Hospital / NHS Orkney
BBC

Coronavirus test results and confidential details of dozens of people were sent out by NHS Orkney to a local business by mistake.

The data included more than 50 patient names, addresses and the results of Covid-19 testing.

NHS Orkney said an investigation had established it was an "isolated case of administrative error".

The health board has apologised and the incident has been reported to the Information Commissioner.

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Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1,060, 11 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 325, * (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 260, * (*)
  • Fife 835, 62 (*)
  • Forth Valley 928, 10 (*)
  • Grampian 1274, 66 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3946, 338 (7)
  • Highland 337, 9 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1987, 71 (*)
  • Lothian 2709, 156 (9)
  • Orkney 8 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1671, 9 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Orkney has first Covid-19 case since 25 April

Orkney has its first confirmed case of Covid-19 in more than four weeks, according to the latest figures from the Scottish government.

The total now stands at eight, with the last positive test before that included in the figures on 25 April.

It is not known whether the virus was contracted locally or taken onto the islands by a key worker travelling between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1019, 25 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 322, 11 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 258, * (*)
  • Fife 826, 69 (*)
  • Forth Valley 917, 14 (*)
  • Grampian 1224, 72 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3876, 379 (12)
  • Highland 335, 10 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1934, 83 (*)
  • Lothian 2665, 165 (8)
  • Orkney 7 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1658, 13 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each health board area of Scotland

This is the latest information on the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area (in bold) plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 964, 42 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 304, 25 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 255, * (*)
  • Fife 824, 75 (*)
  • Forth Valley 867, 21 (*)
  • Grampian 1152, 96 (8)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3663, 460 (22)
  • Highland 331, 5 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1781, 113 (12)
  • Lothian 2497, 200 (12)
  • Orkney 7 * (*)
  • Shetland 54 * (*)
  • Tayside 1555, 23 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * (*)

* = fewer than 5

Distillery comes to aid of RNLI with sanitiser

Kemp family
Orkney Distilling

The owners of an Orkney gin distillery have donated hand sanitiser to the RNLI after repurposing some of their equipment.

The spray is going to all 46 lifeboat stations around the coast of Scotland.

Kirkwalll-based Orkney Distilling co-owner Stephen Kemp said the family decided to make the alcohol-based hand sanitiser due to the extent of the need for it.

Dupre Strutt, the RNLI lifesaving manager for Orkney and Caithness, said: "We’re very grateful - it’s great to see businesses and communities coming together to support their volunteer crews."

Number of coronavirus cases in each area of Scotland

This is the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 799, 115 in hospital (8 in intensive care)
  • Borders 284, 35 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 250, 18 (*)
  • Fife 776, 123 (6)
  • Forth Valley 788, 66 (*)
  • Grampian 898, 147 (13)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 2985, 526 (39)
  • Highland 297, 41 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1454, 233 (8)
  • Lothian 2089, 269 (12)
  • Orkney 7 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1410, 88 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

More than 20 people refused ferry travel

More than 20 people have been refused travel on NorthLink's ferries over the last month.

The company has monitored reasons why people are travelling to or from the Northern Isles during the booking process, and decided that reasons given by 23 potential passengers did not meet their essential travel criteria.

The company said the ferry routes are an essential lifeline service, and people should not travel unless absolutely necessary.

NorthLink thanked passengers for their understanding and co-operation at a time of stricter travel regulations and scaled-back timetables.

NorthLink ferry
NorthLink

'Is that boy in charge? Thank hivvens fur that'

Prof Jason Leitch - Scotland's national clinical director - is praised by Orkney locals.

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Plea to island shoppers to 'respect' staff

Customers have been asked to "respect" workers in island shops amid reports of abuse.

BBC Radio Orkney has reported the Tesco store in Kirkwall has notices, highlighting a small number of incidents.

It warns against verbal or physical abuse.

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