Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Concerns after eye scanner service moved from Caithness General to Raigmore Hospital

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Health campaigners are up in arms over another service which they claim has been lost from Caithness General.

An eye scanner to diagnose cataracts broke down after it was ‘borrowed’ from the Wick hospital for use in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

It has subsequently been replaced in the city hospital while far north patients are to be catered for at new monthly clinics in Wick.

Caithness Health Action Team (Chat) is unhappy about how the issue has been handled by NHS Highland, maintaining it is another example of patients in their area getting second-class treatment.

Chat chairman Bill Fernie said: “Why couldn’t the scanner be based in Caithness General and patients referred there for a scan?

“Our patients are regularly expected to travel to Raigmore but the health board is reluctant to get people travelling north.”

A NHS Highland spokesman said: “The scanner was borrowed from Caithness General Hospital with the expectation that it would be returned.

“However during the time it was at Raigmore Hospital, a fault was identified which was beyond repair and the equipment, which was 12 years old, was condemned.

“NHS Highland has replaced the scanner held at Raigmore and now patients who require to be assessed using it are offered a choice of either travelling to Inverness for their scan or they can be seen in Caithness on a visiting basis.”

The spokesman said there are less than 20 patients a year from the far north that require the scan, and is more “cost effective” for staff to travel.

Already a subscriber? Sign in