Scotland’s Covid Disaster

BY EFFIE DEANS There are four European countries with populations of about five million: Denmark 5,799,640 757 Covid deathsFinland 5,545,596 369 Covid deathsSlovakia 5,462,617 510 Covid deathsNorway 5,436,637 294 Covid deathsScotland 5,454,000 3280 Covid deaths Scotland is not listed as a European country, because it is not an independent sovereign nation state, but rather a region of the United Kingdom that happens to be called…

Coronavirus Scotland: NHS Glasgow and Clyde to trial drug which may ‘kill off’ Covid-19

A new clinical trial for a potential early treatment of Covid-19 has been launched in Scotland, which researchers hope may help “kill off” the virus in affected patients. More than 300 coronavirus patients will be invited to join the research study into the effectiveness of the antiviral drug favipiravir.

Scotland’s emergency service workers should get all the mental health support they need – Scotsman comment

They include police officers who run towards potentially fatal danger as others flee, firefighters who brave blazing infernos and free motorists trapped and barely alive after a road accident, and paramedics with the skills to bring people back from the brink of death.

Nicola Sturgeon showing ‘lack of urgency’ for weekly Covid tests across the NHS

Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls for an immediate roll-out of weekly testing across all NHS staff. The First Minister was responding to long-running demands to expand routine testing in line with care homes. The Scottish Green Party, who asked for more surveillance in hospitals as the country braces for winter, said all staff should have been given routine tests months ago.

SNP health minister wanted to stop freedom of information during Covid-19

Scotland’s health secretary wanted to suspend freedom of information (FoI) legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to internal government emails obtained by The Ferret. Jeane Freeman MSP made the request as the government was preparing emergency legislation in response to Covid-19, in response to a request for ministers to suggest items they felt were “urgently required”.

Coronavirus pandemic damaging health and well being due to loneliness among elderly

Social distancing has increased feelings of loneliness and is affecting the wellbeing of the older generation, according to a new study. The research, by the University of Stirling, found loneliness in over-60s had a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The study also discovered many were facing increased loneliness due to social distancing caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sturgeon’s Test & Protect is performing five times worse than previously claimed

NICOLA Sturgeon’s key Test and Protect system is performing up to five times worse than previously claimed, a bombshell report shows. Staff at the virus defence scheme failed to contact around half of recent positive cases within 24 hours of being told of their swab results, revised official stats reveal.

Edinburgh GP suffering from Long Covid brands lack of clinics a ‘slow motion car crash’

Thousands of Scots are thought to be experiencing so-called Long Covid with no prospect of treatment – with one GP describing the situation as a “slow motion car crash.” An investigation by BBC Scotland found that none of Scotland’s 14 health boards currently offer dedicated Long Covid clinics, despite calls to follow NHS England’s ¬£10m pledge for such facilities.

Residents die at Covid-hit Bannockburn care home

Residents have died and almost 50 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in a massive outbreak at a Bannockburn care home. Fairview Care Home has been in lockdown since November 3 following an initial surge of cases. In an update to the Observer, operators HC One confirmed that 28 residents have tested positive for Covid-19, alongside 21 staff members.

Covid in Scotland: 78 patients sent to care homes after testing positive

Dozens of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were transferred from Scottish hospitals to care homes, a report has revealed. Public Health Scotland (PHS) said 78 such patients were discharged to care homes between 1 March and 21 April. Only 650 of the total 3,599 elderly patients discharged from hospital during the period had been tested.

Dentists complain of ‘mixed messages’ ahead of return to NHS services

Friday, 30th October 2020, 4:45 pm Updated Friday, 30th October 2020, 5:18 pm From November 1 practices across Scotland will be able to return to offering services other than just urgent and emergency appointments.

Claims care workers told to keep working after colleague tested positive for Covid

VULNERABLE residents in one of Scotland’s worst-hit Covid areas may have been put at risk after health and social care workers were told to carry on working despite a colleague testing positive for the virus, it has been claimed.

Virology expert ‘frustrated’ by lack of evidence informing pub and restaurant closures

A leading bacteriologist has said he was not surprised to learn that pub owners are pursuing a legal challenge against lockdown closures saying he had been left ‘frustrated’ by the absence of hard data informing some decisions.

Vaccinations: NHS bosses promise they are ‘working hard to overcome flu challenges’

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has said it is committed to ensuring that all those aged 65 and over receive their flu vaccination between October and November before flu season. It comes after the health board faced backlash when some older members of the community had not yet received a date for their vaccination.

Scots family of dad who died from Covid-19 slam ‘cruel’ hospital care

A family who lost their dad to Covid-19 in April have blasted the care he received while in Hospital. Andrew Scott died age 85 on April 12 this year after testing positive for coronavirus. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital, in Kilmarnock, where he passed away after his condition rapidly deteriorated and he suffered a fall in his ward.

Coronavirus: Scotland among worst nations for excess deaths

Scotland is among nations with the highest numbers of excess deaths as a result of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study has found. The research, led by Imperial College London, analysed weekly death data from 19 European countries, Australia, and New Zealand, between mid-February and end of May.

Coronavirus: ‘Absolute shambles’ as it’s revealed oldest will get flu jags last amid vaccinations shake-up

THE rollout of flu vaccinations across Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been dubbed an “an absolute shambles” after it emerged that the oldest Scots will receive the jag weeks later than normal, despite being the most likely to die from Covid and influenza.

Warning GP shortages may be behind pandemic’s rise in home deaths | Press and Journal

Scotland’s GP shortage and cancer test delays could be to blame for higher than average number of people dying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, a leading medical expert has said. Professor Phil Wilson of Aberdeen University warned an inadequate supply of family doctors and delays in diagnostic procedures could explain the discrepancy between deaths at home and those in hospital.

Operations cancelled in ‘miscommunication’ blunder – amid warning beds already running out

ROUTINE operations have been cancelled by mistake in Scotland’s largest health board amid fears over bed shortages and an influx of Covid admissions. Doctors at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) were told to call off all non-urgent elective surgery “for at least two weeks”, leaving some patients – whose procedures had already been delayed by the pandemic – in tears.

Scottish man with type 1 claims it is “impossible” to book flu jab in Fife

A Scottish man with type 1 diabetes has slammed health bosses after he claims it is “impossible” to book in for a flu jab this year. Daniel Scottow, 39, has had diabetes since he was seven and is becoming increasingly frustrated at trying to claim his free flu vaccine, which all people with diabetes are …

GPs respond to claims patients can’t book face-to-face appointments as demand soars

GPS have warned that surgeries are facing a “perfect storm” as patients who are seeking pandemic-delayed appointments, flu vaccinations and mental health issues combine to drive a surge in consultations. One doctor said his practice in Glasgow’s south side had experienced an almost 70 per cent rise in patient numbers and that he had serious concerns the pattern would continue into winter.

Does the process of getting a flu jab really have to be a shambles?

WHAT a complete shambles my health board is making of the flu vaccine programme. Trying to get through to the telephone number provided is totally impossible. I have tried more than 40 times in the last two days and continually get the engaged tone. My finger is numb from pressing “1” to continue.

Homeless body count in Glasgow continues to spiral as council chiefs look away

News that four men and four women have perished in the same Glasgow hotel since March should send a chill up our spines. It should not surprise anyone to learn that these eight souls – housed in the Argyle Street establishment by Glasgow City Council after presenting as homeless over the last six months – were vulnerable people with suspected substance misuse issues.

Thousands of Scotland’s most vulnerable hit by “invisible pandemic” of coronavirus homecare failings

THOUSANDS of vulnerable Scots have been left without vital home care since lockdown due to service cuts and families fearful of the coronavirus spreading, the nation’s leading care body has warned. Scottish Care said there is an “invisible pandemic” hitting older people and the disabled after lockdown restrictions meant support packages were withdrawn.

Moving elderly from hospitals to homes may have been illegal

THE move to discharge hundreds of elderly patients from hospital into care homes during the coronavirus pandemic may have breached the law, the Herald can reveal. Both the Law Society of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law have highlighted concerns that adults who have ‘capacity’ issues such as mental illness, learning disability and dementia may have been discharged or moved “without due legal process”.

Dentists fear closures and warn it could take five years to repair damage inflicted by Covid shutdown – The Sunday Post

Scotland’s dental health will take five years to recover to its pre-lockdown state, dentists have warned. And they say up to half of the ¬≠country’s NHS dental surgeries could close by next year as the current ¬≠restrictions on what procedures can be carried out are making them financially unsustainable.

Insight: The coronavirus hangover and Scotland’s alcohol timebomb

It is, in short, a perfect storm; the kind feared by governments and public health experts. The signs are that in Scotland – a nation hardly revered throughout the world for its health outcomes – the crisis is exacerbating our long-standing problem relationship with alcohol.

Life expectancy in Scotland stalls again with deprivation blamed

Men born in Glasgow can expect to die a full seven years before those in the neighbouring county of East Dunbartonshire, grim statistics have revealed. Official figures published today show that average life expectancy at birth for Scots continues to stall, with males living 77.1 years and females 81.1 years on average.

‘Drop in the ocean’: Scotland has under half promised number of contact tracers

SCOTLAND has just 874 contact tracers available despite a pledge 2000 would be in place by June, the Health Secretary has revealed. Jeane Freeman said under half of the target number of trained contract tracers are available across all 14 health boards and Public Health Scotland’s national contact tracing centre.

Health board ‘sorry’ after poor planning leads to flu jab booking system failure

A HEALTH board has blamed an “unprecedented” calls response after elderly patients were cut off and left unable to book flu vaccination appointments. Alex Rowley, Labour MSP for Fife, said he had taken a high number of calls from older people who were unable to get through to call handlers and voiced criticism that the board was not better prepared for an anticipated high response.

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