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Impact of Covid on mental health
This year, more than most, people would have been hoping for a fresh start in 2021, so it is disheartening that we have begun the new year by returning to another strict lockdown.
Mental health charities, locally and nationally, have continued their fantastic work throughout the pandemic but they must be experiencing a huge amount of pressure as many people balance work, home-schooling and the general struggles of day-to-day life during a pandemic.
Perhaps more needs to be done to help these charities to ensure they can continue to help those most in need through one of the most difficult times of our lives.
Lift-off for helipad project
One thing which has brought joy to many in the area is the construction of the Robert Black Memorial Helipad.
Time is of the essence when it comes to transferring emergency patients to Glasgow and Paisley for treatment, and delays caused by emergency vehicles becoming bogged in the water-logged field where the helicopter lands, as has happened before, puts lives at risk.
Similarly, when the helicopter is unable to land on the field and patients have to be transferred from Campbeltown Airport, this takes time too – although this is absolutely no fault of the airport’s staff as there are necessary procedures which must be followed.
Well done to all involved in this project which will no doubt prove life-saving.