Thousands of Covid-19 tests cancelled – GP

first_img By News Highland – March 25, 2020 Thousands of Covid-19 tests cancelled – GP RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleDonegal athletes will be guaranteed grantsNext articleTory Island Ferry Service to be curtailed News Highland Facebookcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Patients who have been given an appointment for a Covid-19 test will still be swabbed.But under new priority measures issued last night, people who previously sought tests will not now receive them, and should apply again through their GP.From now on people will only be tested if they have a fever and coughing or breathlessness, they must also be either at risk, a healthcare worker or a close contact of a confirmed case.Dr Dennis McCauley from the Covid-19 GP group says tens of thousands of patients have effectively had tests cancelled…………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/15mccauley.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Chainsaw Safety

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension is presenting chainsaw trainings designed to educate Georgia’s landscape and tree care workers on the safe use of chainsaws. The trainings will be offered between September and December at locations across the state. “A chainsaw is the most dangerous implement that you can buy in a store that does not require any training or a license. You don’t even need to read the manual to operate it,” said Ellen Bauske, public service associate with the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “(These) trainings are for people working in the tree care and landscape industry. Tree care workers are often dangerously comfortable with chainsaws. The landscape worker usually doesn’t use a chainsaw. Invariably, they’re inexperienced when they have to. These trainings are designed to get rid of bad habits and establish safe practices. ” The trainings are taught by North American Training Solutions, one of a handful of companies specializing in chainsaw safety training. The classes are approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and funded through their Susan Harwood Training Program. There are four different trainings, each tailored to a different skill set when handling a chainsaw. “A surprising number of people cut down trees from ladders, which is extremely dangerous because you can’t get away from the tree or branch when it falls. We have a chainsaw and ladder safety training,” Bauske said. “We have chainsaw safety and working in the right-of-way. If you’re felling a tree in an urban area, you are invariably felling them around electrical wires. Electrocution is the No. 2 cause of death among tree care workers.” Other trainings focus on aerial lift operations and tree felling. The trainings are free, and lunch will be provided for a small fee. The next training is slated for Aug. 11 in Douglas County. It will focus on technical tree cutting and small tree felling. Other trainings include one in Chatham County, Sept. 1-2; in Brunswick on Sept. 3; in Troup and Spalding County, Sept. 24; in Fulton County, Sept. 30; in DeKalb County, Oct. 8; in Douglas County, Oct. 13; in Gwinnett County, Nov. 12 and Dec. 9 and Lowndes County (Dec. 10). “We are working on more trainings, so call your county agent to find out about the trainings near you.,” Bauske said. To find your local UGA Extension office visit. extension.uga.edu. Authors: Experts/Sources: Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.center_img Clint Thompson Ellen M. Bauskelast_img read more