Friday 12 January 2018  Issue No 2268

©ULLAPOOL NEWS 

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Message from the Ullapool Surgery

“As you have seen in the news there are a significant number of cases of influenza being diagnosed at present. Influenza can be a serious illness, sometimes requiring treatment in hospital  and can in rare cases be fatal.  The seasonal influenza vaccine (flu jab) is a safe and effective preventive measure. The vaccine cannot give you ‘flu, as it is not a live vaccine and side effects are rare.

Please consider having a vaccination if you are 65 years old of older, if you are pregnant or if you have a long term medical condition. Children are eligible whilst in nursery or primary school. By doing so you will protect yourself, reduce the risk of spreading influenza to other people who may be more vulnerable than you and reduce pressure on the NHS.

We have vaccine in stock and vaccination is free. 

Please ring 612015 or see https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu#prevention

Harbour improves accessibility

Ullapool Harbour to benefit from additional funding.

A fully accessible toilet and changing facility will be installed at Ullapool Harbour, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.The new Changing Places development is being part-funded from the 3rd round of allocations from the Ferries Accessibility Fund and will be installed following the extensive renovation of a disused building.

The award of over £43,000 is being made on a match-funding basis.  Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “We want our ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible and improving accessibility is a key area in that regard.

“This new facility at Ullapool Harbour will be a great example of what we’re trying to achieve with the Ferries Accessibility Fund.  It will provide changing, shower and toilet facilities for people with physical or mental disabilities, as well as older people.  It will be available for everyone to use so hopefully it will benefit the wider community, not just ferry passengers.”Harbour Master Kevin Peach said: “This is a fantastic Christmas present for the Ullapool community and I would like to thank the Scottish Government for their continuing support. 

This new facility will make a real difference for passengers with disabilities, as well as older travellers, and I look forward to the work getting underway.”