CARERS in Helensburgh and Lomond have been thanked for the support they’ve shown to the area’s vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre was one of the community organisations named in a report on Argyll and Bute’s coronavirus response this week.

The report, by Joanna MacDonald, chief officer with the area’s health and social care partnership (HSCP), was due to be considered by the partnership’s integration joint board at a meeting on Wednesday.

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Ms MacDonald said: “We would like to thank all of the staff at North Argyll Carer Centre, the Dochas Carers Centres, the Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre, Crossroads (Cowal and Bute), Crossroads North Argyll and Mid Argyll Youth Development Service for everything they have been doing to support carers and local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They deliver a fantastic range of services including providing advice, guidance and support to carers on a daily basis and over the last few months, with the Covid-19 pandemic, have been absolutely outstanding in the service they have continued to provide remotely for carers.

“We are so lucky to have such a strong carers network in Argyll and Bute and to have such committed people who provide real positive carer support for the local communities that they serve.”

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Ms MacDonald’s report also gave details of how video technology allowed the delivery of services to continue during the lockdown – and how services could go on being delivered remotely in future.

The report gave details of the use of ‘Near Me’ video consulting in 29 GP practices around the Argyll and Bute area – and of how people have been asked for suggestions on how to improve the service to enable it to be used more widely.

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