29 Nov 2013

Clare Holohan Visit

I will be at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan for massage and herbal medicine treatments this coming Monday 2nd December if anyone would like to book in for a treatment.

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist

The Manse,
Lochaline,
Morvern,
PA80 5UU
07903 922781
www.westhighlandherbal.co.uk

28 Nov 2013

Sunday Service


CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

Sunday 1st December

The Service this Sunday will take place at 11.00am, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

24 Nov 2013

Please Spare a Thought for the Volunteers on Prescription Duty

Please uplift or make arrangements for your repeat prescription to be uplifted between the hours of

  • 09.30 - 11.00 on Wednesday mornings and
  • 14.00 - 15.30 on Friday afternoons.

If you have an appointment with the doctor on the day you expect to collect your prescription then it will be given to you by the doctor when you attend for your consultation.

Prescriptions not collected during the above hours will be returned to The Pines Medical Centre

Thank you for your co-operation.

20 Nov 2013

Sunday Service


CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

Sunday 24th November

The Service this Sunday will take place at 2.00pm, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

WACC minutes from November meeting

Community Council minutes for November are available here.

18 Nov 2013

Clare Holohan's Next Visit

Just to let you know, my next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan will be Monday 2nd December if anyone would like to book in for a treatment.

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist

The Manse,
Lochaline,
Morvern,
PA80 5UU
07903 922781
www.westhighlandherbal.co.uk

13 Nov 2013

Sunday Service


CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

Sunday 17th November

The Service this Sunday will take place at 11.00am, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

11 Nov 2013

Fitness session - Saturday 16th November


FITNESS SESSION



Kilchoan Community Centre
Saturday 16th November

Children’s Karate Session – 2.00pm
Adult Fitness Session (all abilities) – 3.00pm
£5 per session

The instructor taking the class is André Tapadinhas. He has already taken a Karate class here for the children, and has several other classes for adults and children running in Acharacle and Strontian. He is qualified, insured and has a current Disclosure. The adult session will be primarily fitness based with some Karate techniques. It is intended to give everyone who takes part a really good workout, although whatever your level of fitness you will be able to take part, and benefit from the exercises.

10 Nov 2013

Community Bonfire - a thank you!


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along to the Bonfire Night and made it such a great success. 
The £325 raised should make next year’s event even bigger and better! 

Thanks also to everyone who donated the food and drink, especially to Ardnamurchan Estate for providing all of the burgers. 

6 Nov 2013

Remembrance Sunday Service


CHURCH of SCOTLAND

KILCHOAN

Sunday 10th November

The Service for Remembrance Sunday will start at 10.50am, to allow for the two-minute silence at 11.00.

The service will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

Bonfire night - Saturday 9th Nov


Many thanks to Katie for the Halloween and Bonfire Night posters!

Rural Practices Can't Get GPs

Monday night's Community Council meeting spent a great deal of time talking to Dr Iain and Mary Gartshore from the Mallaig practice who had come all the way down the road to describe their frustration at being unable to set up the proposed Mallaig, Ardnamurchan and Lesser Isles practice.  They have conducted two rounds of interviews in their search for 7 new GPs and appointed.... no-one.  They have had the good sense to ask candidates for the reasons why they aren't interested in a post in such a beautiful if remote location, and there are plenty of them, but the over-riding deterrent is the requirement to do out-of-hours work, something which, in their present contracts, GPs don't have to do.

This inability to attract GPs isn't our problem alone.  All over Highland Scotland, and even in the more remote shires of England, GP vacancies are left unfilled.  Because they are in such high demand, the Gartshores can't get locums to cover a vacancy they now have, caused when a colleague who, faced with having to do out-of-hours work in the proposed new practice, resigned.  A few years ago, the Gartshores might have expected a hundred good applicants for the job: they wonder whether they will get any.

NHS Highland has promised to continue to support us with locums.  We've been fortunate to have had some very good ones looking after us, and some who come back time and again, but the lack of continuity in care is a serious problem.  Something needs to be done to make rural practice attractive again, and it is only the politicians who can do this - simply because it's going to cost considerable sums of money.

WACC is, as always, fully prepared to enter into another battle over medical services, but it's very different from the last one: we cannot do it alone.  We need to join with other Community Councils, and with other interested groups - and that includes NHS Highland - to pressurise the politicians into action.  Health is devolved to the Scottish government, so the campaign needs to be aimed at Holyrood.

Because we have a special relationship with him, Jac Crosbie, WACC's secretary, has started off by writing to Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, describing our problem and appealing for action.  In the meanwhile, it is hoped to meet with other local Community Councils to discuss effective, joint action.