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Money Worries Workshop

Money Worries Workshop

Money worries can have a huge impact on an individuals health and wellbeing. The final workshop of the year is taking place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 10-11am on Zoom. To sign up for this session or for further information, please email info@healthyshetland.com

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**NEW** PPE Hub Update and Order Form

Wherever possible please make PPE requests using the following PPE Order Form.

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Everyone Matters Pulse Survey for all NHS and Community Health and Social Care Staff (1st-22nd September)

Everyone Matters Pulse Survey for all NHS and Community Health and Social Care Staff (1st-22nd September)

This year the Scottish Government are introducing a national Everyone Matters Pulse Survey as the staff experience measurement for 2020, and NHS Shetland and the SCI are keen for as many staff as possible to take part to represent Shetland's Health and Social Care staff experience to let the Scottish Government know how we are doing, but also to produce meaningful feedback for us to act on locally to try and make things better. The survey takes around 10 minutes and is open from 1st to 22nd September.

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NHS Shetland Podiatry - Phased Return of Service Provision

NHS Shetland Podiatry - Phased Return of Service Provision

A message from Podiatry Manager, Chris Hamer: NHS Shetland Podiatry Services are commencing a phased return to service provision from Monday 10th August 2020. All previous service users and newly referred patients will be contacted by letter inviting them to telephone the service to arrange a mutually agreed appointment date and time.

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Back to school - a message from our Public Health Director

Back to school - a message from our Public Health Director

We are still living in uncertain times, and we know there will be some mixed feelings about the return to school over this next couple of weeks - a huge thank you to all parents, families, teachers, schools and school services for getting us through this difficult year.

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Visiting Shetland? Brush up on the FACTS to keep Shetland safe and well

Visiting Shetland? Brush up on the FACTS to keep Shetland safe and well

Now that lockdown is easing and more people are moving around we want to make sure anyone coming in to Shetland is sticking to the guidance to the same high standard as the rest of the Shetland community - big thanks to Northlink and Loganair for their help in getting this message to passengers, starting in this next few days.

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Creating a COVID Safe Workspace and Beyond - a discussion paper

Creating a COVID safe Workspace and Beyond - a discussion paper

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Patient Travel to Aberdeen

Are you due to go to Aberdeen for a procedure? Then you should receive a call or letter from NHS Shetland to arrange a Covid-19 test that must happen three days before your surgery. If you have not heard anything three days before you are due to leave Shetland, then please contact us on: shet-hb.patienttestingcovid19@nhs.net or call 073 4207 7885.

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Letter of thanks to all Community Health and Social Care Staff in Shetland

Letter of thanks to all Community Health and Social Care Staff in Shetland

Heartfelt thanks from Emma Macdonald and Natasha Cornick to all Community Health and Social Care Staff in Shetland.

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Easing of Shielding Restrictions

The first minister’s announcement today, that those in our community who are shielding from potential Covid-19 infection can now go outside for exercise and leisure and enjoy limited outdoor socialising, is welcome news. NHS Shetland Chief Executive Michael Dickson said the last three months have been difficult for everyone but those who have been shielding have had it especially tough.

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COVID-19 Lifestyle Education Sessions

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise medicine will be hosting a series of online lifestyle education sessions in June and July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions are aimed at GPs and other healthcare professionals but are open to anyone with an interest in the topics.

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Email is changing - steps to get ready

Some steps to get ready for big changes in our NHS email system.

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Workplace Risk Assessment and Accommodation Request Form

Forms available for those looking at risk assessments for potentially returning to workplaces, and anyone who feels they need any reorganisation, relocation or alterations to their work area/accommodation.

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Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Project - Information for Young People

Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Project - Information for Young People

The Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Project Team have compiled a list of support available for young people into a poster/flier.

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Diabetes Resources - Information for Professionals to Share

Some excellent resources for patients with diabetes, including online learning courses with built in peer support opportunities.

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FREE Training Opportunities

Scottish Drugs Forum are offering free online training in: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing; Staying Alive; Everyone has a Story - children affected by parental substance use.

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Update - Dental Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Update - Dental Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Latest information on dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients in Shetland.

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Citizens Advice Bureau Referral Form

Citizens Advice Bureau Referral Form

Shetland Citizens Advice Bureau have updated their referral form - a note from Branch Manager, Karen Eunson, detailing the changes, and a downloadable copy of the form.

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PPE Store - updated opening hours

PPE Store opening hours will change as of tomorrow (27th May 2020) to Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.

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NHS Shetland Podiatry Services

NHS Shetland Podiatry, as with other Scottish NHS Podiatry services, is operating under amended local, national and professional guidelines due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Community Health and Social Care Director Arrangements

We are pleased to let you know we have now agreed revised management arrangements for Community Health and Social Care for the next 11 months during Simon Bokor-Ingram’s secondment to Moray’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

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Yell and Unst Community Newsletters

For anyone with an interest, or patients, in Yell or Unst, we've been given their Community Newsletters to circulate to relevant staff.

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Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

Letter on behalf of Stephen Lea-Ross outlining the Coronavirus life assurance scheme 2020.

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Shetland Befriending Scheme Telephone Service

Shetland Befriending Scheme Telephone Service

The Shetland Befriending Scheme's new telephone support service is open to new referrals (self referrals, or form organisations, family, neighbours etc). If you know anyone who in the Shetland Community who may benefit see poster for more details or get in touch with Lynn Tulloch at the Befriending scheme.

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Resuscitation Courses Update

Quick update on Basic Life Support, e-Immediate Life Support, and individual skills 1:1 learning sessions - more to follow.

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Scambusters Lockdown Bulletin

A bulletin from Trading Standards shared by the Adult Protection Committee - sadly some people are seeking to profit from the fear, vulnerability and uncertainty created by the pandemic and people's change in situation - some helpful updates on local issues, and advice for protecting yourself (or passing on to patients).

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Bike Vouchers for NHS Shetland Staff

Gareth from the Active Travel Project has a limited number of vouchers available for NHS Shetland Staff to support them getting to work - get in touch with him for more details and to let him know how you might use it!

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Coaching for Wellbeing – a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff

Coaching for Wellbeing – a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff

Do you want to be more active in caring for your health and wellbeing during Covid-19, but not sure what to focus on? Do you want to make the most of your strengths during this time, and preserve your energy as much as possible? Are you supporting other colleagues or team members during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Wellbeing Hub - letter from Clare Haughey to NHS and Social Care staff

Letter from Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health, about new Wellbeing Hub for health and social care workforce, including unpaid carers and volunteers,which can be found at https://www.promis.scot/

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NHS Shetland Ethical Decision Making Sub-Group

To support staff during the pandemic, and in line with recent Scottish Government guidance, NHS Grampian has established a regional ‘Supporting Ethical Decision Making Group’.

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Annual Leave

It's still important to take leave during a pandemic - yes, because it helps us protect services when things get up and running again, and, more importantly, to make sure you are getting a proper break to rest, switch off and recharge.

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Message from the PPE Coordinator

A message from the PPE team about changes coming over this next few days.

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Self Care through Self Coaching - Leadership Links Webinar

Development opportunity - Leadership Links Webinar: Self-care is the process by which we choose to take care of ourselves: body, mind, and soul. It makes perfect sense to self-care, doesn’t it? Even so, we are often not very good at it. Instead we choose to place responsibility for our care in the hands of others, or perhaps expect it to take care of itself!

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Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Abuse Infographic and Video Resources

Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Abuse Infographic and Video Resources

New resources to help Health and Social Care staff to support women at risk of gender based violence.

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Health Impact Assessment of Social Distancing Measures - an interesting read from the BMJ

A rapid Health Impact Assessment of the wider health impacts of physical distancing measures has been undertaken by Dr.Margaret Douglas (Scottish Health Inequalities Impact Assessment Network Chair) and Public Health Scotland colleagues.

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Near Me - clinician video clips

The NHS National Services Scotland team are looking for short video clips from clinicians (for social media) from across Scotland outlining their experiences with using Near Me, in the hope to encourage uptake. Read on for more info if you'd be interested in submitting a clip.

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Person-centred and Compassionate Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Person-centred and Compassionate Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A message from Healthcare Improvement Scotland who are looking to gather and share examples of new ways health and social care staff are finding to maintain and develop person-centred and compassionate care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking for ideas from other places, or have something to share from your area?

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A letter to all employees from Michael Dickson and Jo Robinson

A letter to all employees from Michael Dickson and Jo Robinson

A letter of thanks, highlighting the need to look after ourselves - with some reminders of how you might do that.

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Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods reminder

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods reminder

With the massive increase in Universal Credit applications, there are likely to more people eligible for Best Start Grants and Best Start Food payments who haven't yet claimed - the application process has been relaxed to let families apply if they have missed the deadline.

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COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making

A message from Michael Dickson, Chief Executive about the Scottish Government's COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making, and what this means for Shetland.

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Pharmacy Opening Hours

A message from NHS Shetland Principal Pharmacist, Mrs Mary McFarlane

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ePayslips

Some more info on ePayslips and how to make the switch from paper - if you haven’t already moved to ePayslips can you please consider making the switch - the handling and distribution of paper payslips is not ideal during the current pandemic.

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Digital help from home during lockdown

Shetland Library and Adult Learning staff working from home are keen to help people with any queries and problems they may be having using their phone, tablets and computers.

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NHS Shetland goes viral...! (with a little help from the actual Right Said Fred)

In case anyone has missed it...the Shetland Scrubs catwalk challenge is getting a lot of love in the social media world, locally and internationally!

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Clear Your Head - national mental health and wellbeing campaign

Clear Your Head - national mental health and wellbeing campaign

The Scottish Government’s ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst continuing to stay at home, acknowledging these are worrying and uncertain times for many.

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Social Security Scotland - eligibility changes

Some key changes to eligibility for some Social Security Scotland benefits if people have missed dates for applying for a number of benefits because of the impact of COVID-19.

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"Near Me" - Remote Consultations in Shetland

"Near Me" - Remote Consultations in Shetland

The NHS in Scotland is ramping up its use of a ground-breaking system that allows clinicians to consult with patients remotely. Shetland patients ‘increasingly comfortable’ with system.

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European Immunisation Week (20-26th April)

European Immunisation Week (20-26th April)

It’s European Immunisation Week! It’s during times like these where we need to remember vaccines save lives. It’s important we ensure pregnant women, babies and children continue to get immunised during the COVID19 pandemic to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases. The Scottish Government has advised that immunisations are one of the important medical reasons for leaving your home during COVID19.

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Do I need another FFP3 mask fitted?

update on mask fit-testing from Julie Redpath

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COVID-19 Graduation

Congratulations to the six University of Aberdeen medical students will graduate as doctors in a special virtual ceremony in the Gilbert Bain Hospital today (April 17, 3pm). This is after they could not return to Aberdeen for their real graduation (which has been cancelled) due to coronavirus.

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NHS Shetland move from Learn PRO to TURAS - what you need to know

NHS Shetland move from Learn PRO to TURAS - what you need to know

As of 9th April 2020, NHS Shetland’s account with LearnPro came to an end and Turas Learn is now hosting our e-learning modules, this supports the ‘once for all’ project being undertaken by NHS Scotland. See below for what you need to know to get started.

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Local Coronavirus Support Hub

A new Shetland coronavirus support hub is being set up to provide support and information to vulnerable people who have received letters from Scottish Government advising them to stay inside for 12 weeks. Press Release form Shetland Islands' Council.

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Unst Fair Food Fund

An update on the Unst Fair Food Fund for anyone with contacts who are living in Unst and need support.

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Vitamin D advice for all age groups

Revised guidance to reflect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the advice to stay at home.

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April 10th - Seek Medical Help When Unwell

A Message to the Shetland Community, in response to national and local concern that people are waiting too long to seek help for serious symptoms: If you have symptoms which are causing concern, or are already being treated for a serious health condition, please do seek help from a member of the clinical staff at your health centre.

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ZOOM will soon be blocked for NHS Shetland Business

In late March, The Scottish Government Digital Office (SGDO) identified a number of tools that could be used to assist remote working. One of the recommended tools was the video conferencing application Zoom. Since then a detailed technical analysis of the tool has shown serious vulnerabilities in the Zoom installation. These include, but are not limited to: remote camera hijacking; privilege escalation; local web server installation that persists after uninstalling; and the redirecting of calls via servers located in China for no identifiable reason.

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Child and Adult Protection Key Messages

Some Key Messages from Stella Oldbury, Nurse Advisor Adult and Child Protection.

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Key Worker briefing - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse – Covid 19/Coronavirus Lockdown

The purpose of this briefing is to alert all key workers providing services to children, families and adults at risk or those requiring care about the increased risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence and coercive control in the current period of social isolation imposed as result of covid-19.

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**UPDATE** NHS Shetland Staff Ferry Bookings

Update on travel during your working day (i.e. NOT your commute) on inter-island ferries.

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Updated PPE Guidance

UK-wide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance for Covid-19 care has been issued and can be accessed on the Health Protection Scotland site.

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Public Holiday - Monday 13th April

Public Holiday - Monday 13th April

Quick reminder that there is a Public Holiday scheduled for this coming Monday (13th April) - we know you probably won’t be using your long weekend exactly as you’d have planned, with all the restrictions in place, but this is a really well-timed break so please take it if at all possible. Take it as an opportunity to relax and recharge.

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Stay put! A message from NHS Shetland's Public Health Consultant, Dr Susan Laidlaw

NHS Shetland’s Public Health Consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw explains why we have to stay away from others to stop COVID-19. The government ‘lockdown’ to stop the spread of COVID-19 is not a holiday and the Shetland community must not treat it as such, says NHS Shetland’s Public Health Consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw.

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Information for those not able to work during the pandemic due to social distancing and self-isolation

Claiming Universal Credit (UC) - information for those not able to work during the pandemic due to social distancing and self-isolation.

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A Message from NHS Shetland Chair - Gary Robinson

The Board would like to make clear that they recognise the significant work that has already taken place to prepare for an increase in COVID-19 cases, and wish to thank everyone across NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council for all their efforts now and in coming weeks.

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Payroll Services Update

An update from the HR Service Centre team in Grampian that provides Payroll, Central Rostering administration/SSTS, Expenses, Car Leasing and Maternity Leave administration services - contact by email if at all possible.

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Message from the Deployment and Volunteer Team

A big thankyou to all the staff who have volunteered to be deployed, there has been a tremendous response! There are still demands to fill, so please get in touch if you have anyone available.

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Updates on Community Nursing Services

In response to the Covid-19 situation, and the social distancing measures which the Scottish Government has put in place, we have reviewed the services provided through Community Nursing services.

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Guidance for NHS Scotland Workforce Staff and Managers on Coronavirus - 30 March 2020

This letter publicises a single national guidance document on coronavirus, that directs staff to verified sources of advice. This will inform a standard approach to occupational health, for application across NHS Scotland.

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Accessing IT Services

Reminder on how best to access IT services at this busy time - email from Craig Chapman, 18th March, still relevant

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Scam Alert!

Scam alert - be scam aware, not everyone has other's best interests at heart in this difficult time. Scam bulletin attached.

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Staff Servery Opening Times

Update on servery opening times for all staff, and opening times for staff staying in Anderson High School Accommodation

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New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed

See the latest press release statement from NHS Shetland

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Do you require staff accommodation?

Update on accommodation available, contact Yvonne Graham on ygraham@nhs.net if you need accommodation until procedure on how to access is finalised.

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Information Governance

A message from Brian Chittick, Caldicott Guardian, and David Morgan, Data Protection Officer.

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Support Available for NHS Shetland staff- Neil Brice

A message, and contact details, from Neil Brice, about support available to all NHS Shetland staff

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Press Release - Halls of Residence to Accommodate NHS Clinicians

Halls of Residence to Accommodate NHS Clinicians

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Press Release - Hospital visiting during COVID 19 outbreak – essential visits only

Press Release - Hospital visiting during COVID 19 outbreak – essential visits only

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Health and Social Care Service update 25th March 2020

Health and Social Care Service update 25th March 2020

National update of information for staff across health and social care including information around: New Social Distancing Measures; At Risk Groups;Testing; Access to Protective Equipment; Mental Health; Community Pathway Hubs; Pregnant Women; Health Service Capacity.

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Guidance on Working from Home following announcement of 23rd March 2020

Updated information about attendance at work staff following tighter Government restrictions on 23 March 2020.

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Early Learning and Childcare for Key Workers

Early Learning and Childcare for Key Workers

Please use the following flow chart to support decision making about accessing critical childcare. If you qualify and need access to child care please email elc@shetland.gov.uk

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Health and Social Care Service update 23rd March 2020

Health and Social Care Service update 23rd March 2020

Update for staff across Health and Social Care - please note this guidance is accurate at time of publishing, but given the rapidly changing situation it may change rapidly as new information becomes available.

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COVID-19 Eye Emergencies Update

In order to help reduce the transmission of Covid-19, all Optical practices in Scotland have been instructed to cease provision of routine eye examinations as of Monday 23rd March. Patients requiring emergency eye care should call their Optician and follow the instructions given over the phone or via answer phone message.

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