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Caithness General Hospital's Bignold Wing open again after Covid outbreak

By Alan Hendry

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Caithness General Hospital in Wick.
Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

The Bignold Wing at Caithness General Hospital has reopened after being closed to new admissions and visiting for about two weeks following a Covid outbreak.

NHS Highland announced on November 19 that the restrictions had been imposed, emphasising that all appropriate infection prevention and control measures were in place and close contacts had been identified.

This followed the detection of "a small number of cases of Covid-19".

A spokesperson for the health board confirmed today that the wing had now reopened.

Meanwhile, there were at least 35 positive tests for Covid-19 in Caithness during the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

The Thurso West neighbourhood had 17 positive cases, based on people tested between November 22 and 28.

Public Health Scotland's interactive dashboard has a map giving the number of positive cases in individual neighbourhoods, seven of which are in Caithness.

It shows that in the most recent seven-day period there were also seven positive cases in Caithness North West, six in Caithness South and five in Wick South.

If a neighbourhood has fewer than three positive cases, the number is presented as 0-2 "to help protect patient confidentiality". The county's other three neighbourhoods – Caithness North East, Thurso East and Wick North – came into this category based on tests from November 22-28, meaning there could have been zero, one or two positive cases in each.

Public Health Scotland reported 580 positive cases across the Highland local authority area during the seven-day period.

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