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Covid deaths: 'Hard to compute sorrow' of 100,000 milestone - PM

Boris Johnson says he takes "full responsibility" for the UK government's response to the pandemic.

UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad

As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.

Covid deaths: Four stories in 100,000

As the UK records its 100,000th death from Covid within 28 days of a positive test, Catherine Burns speaks to some of the people behind the figures.

Covid-19: UK deaths likely to come down slowly, Whitty warns

There will be "a lot more deaths" before the effect of vaccines is felt, England's chief medical officer says.

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Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in KW15 or anywhere in the UK


Suilven Centre for Chiropractic and Natural Health

44 East Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1LX, UK – 01856 875433

Fantastic options for therapy

Orkney Blide Trust

54 Victoria St, Kirkwall KW15 1DN, UK – 01856 874874

Brilliant bunch of folk and great banter, the Gardening Unit is well worth checking out if you are thinking about plants/shrubs/vegetable plants for your garden. Whilst 'Blidehoose' in Victoria St provides support services for people with life issues and mental health issues, There's also an excellent Cafe and Kitchen which provides low cost daily meals and does outside catering.


33 Junction Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1AG, UK – 01856 873403

Friendly staff. Can be tricky parking when busy but good vets

I've your cats got worms. Or your cows prolapsed. Who you gonna call? .... North ve-et

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Orkney.

Alternative Medicine


Berstane Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1NA, UK – 01856 874929


Heathery Loan, Kirkwall KW15 1SY, UK – 01856 874929

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Kirkwall or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in KW15 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in KW15 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in KW15 and Kirkwall.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Kirkwall.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.