Statement on local care services

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Shetland Islands Council is asking for the public’s support as local care services face a period of extremely high pressure.

Rising demand, coupled with the continuing pressures of Covid, the holiday period, and ongoing difficulties with recruitment mean that local care centres and services are currently stretched to capacity.  Services have moved to a business continuity mode, meaning the focus is on directing resource towards the highest risk areas.

This situation is not unique to Shetland, with similar pressures across the country, and the impact goes beyond that during the worst of the pandemic. 

We would reassure families and friends of those receiving care that our priority is their safety and support, and we ask for their patience and understanding.

Published: 9th August 2022