VIRUS: HOMILY AT FUNERAL MASS FOR FIRST LOCAL PERSON TO DIE

The family of the first person from Dumbarton to die in the coronavirus pandemic have asked that we respect their privacy at this stressful time, and we are doing that. However, below, is the text of the homily given by Canon Gerry Conroy during the service at St Patrick’s Church on Wednesday morning to give … More VIRUS: HOMILY AT FUNERAL MASS FOR FIRST LOCAL PERSON TO DIE

PRIME MINISTER MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care 8.30pm on Monday, April 6 By Bill Heaney Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pictured left,  has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has said. Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a spokesman added. The prime … More PRIME MINISTER MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

BILL HEANEY’S NOTEBOOK ON THE STURGEON PRESS CONFERENCE

Tom Gordon, political editor of the Herald, got it in one when he described the handling of the sacking – was it a sacking or a resignation? – of Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer on Sunday night. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon didn’t or couldn’t say which at her press conference in St Andrews … More BILL HEANEY’S NOTEBOOK ON THE STURGEON PRESS CONFERENCE

VIRUS: CHINESE PROTECTION KIT ‘UNSUITABLE’

Coronavirus: 20% of protective equipment from China unsuitable Emergency ward – doctors and nurses working with virus patients. By Democrat reporter Around 20 per cent of a consignment of personal protection equipment (PPE) delivered from China last weekend does not meet Health Service Executive (HSE) requirements and cannot be distributed to staff dealing with patients … More VIRUS: CHINESE PROTECTION KIT ‘UNSUITABLE’

VIRUS: THIRTEEN DEATHS IN ONE NURSING HOME

Efforts to tackle nursing home outbreaks to be ramped up as scandal of useless equipment from China unfolds By Democrat reporter Thirteen residents at a Glasgow care home have died in one week following a suspected outbreak of coronavirus. Staff at Burlington Care Home, Cranhill, said they were “closely monitoring” the health of other people … More VIRUS: THIRTEEN DEATHS IN ONE NURSING HOME

VIRUS: GROUP BRINGING HOPE TO THE COMMUNITY

Dumbarton Churches Together have established a unified response to support the community of Dumbarton by bringing volunteers and people in need together; this could be something as simple as a weekly/twice weekly telephone call to those who are socially isolated or to help someone who needs food or medications picked up due to the coronavirus pandemic. … More VIRUS: GROUP BRINGING HOPE TO THE COMMUNITY

VIRUS: DELIVERIES OF FOOD FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS

Published: 03 Apr 2020 12:39 Local services to supply groceries and medicines to those most at risk Deputy FM John Swinney and CMO Catherine Calderwood. By Bill Heaney People at highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) will begin to receive home deliveries of essential groceries on Friday. Letters from the Chief Medical Officer, Catherine … More VIRUS: DELIVERIES OF FOOD FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS