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Baby health visits suspended as NHS struggles to fill Islands’ vacancies

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Numerous health visiting services on the Western Isles have been provisionally suspended as a result of problems filling vacancies at the Islands’ health board. A spokesperson from NHS Western Isles said that it’s making “every effort” to recruit additional full-time posts in its health visiting team. Services currently suspended include routine postnatal visits, but the spokesperson said that visits such as those to new mothers and their children were being prioritised.

Parents on the islands are currently being told to take their children to clinics for assessments as even 27-month home assessments of babies in the Uists and Barra have been temporarily suspended. These assessments are central to ensuring that babies are developing healthily.

“making every effort”

Colin Gilmour, of NHS Western Isles, said: “We are experiencing ongoing difficulties in recruiting to our health visiting vacancies and are making every effort to ensure that posts are filled as soon as possible.”

Mr Gilmour added that “in the meantime”, they have prioritised the services to guarantee that all essential services are maintained regardless of the increased pressure. As well as this, he said that he wanted to “reassure” all service users that the service reductions are only temporary and will go back to normal as soon as these posts are filled.

NHS Western Isles said that they would start interviewing for the positions at the end of the month.

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