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THE COUNCIL is inviting people to respond to an online survey about energy transition in Shetland.

The online survey is open to all Shetland residents and can be found here.

The deadline for responses is Sunday 15 January 2023. The results of the survey will help to shape the future energy strategy for Shetland.

Councillor Moraig Lyall, chair of the council’s environment and transport committee said: “The use of energy has become a very important subject in Shetland alongside the rising cost of living.

“I would like to invite Shetland residents to respond to the energy survey so that the council has a better understanding of public opinion as the energy strategy is being prepared.”

Mareel’s screen one. Photo: Shetland Arts

A SERIES of ‘winter warmer’ film screenings will be held at Mareel in December and January to give people the chance to catch a movie for free.

All screenings include free refreshments – a cup of soup and a piece of fruit, and a tea/coffee or a carton of juice.

People can now book spaces for the films, but several rows of seats will be held back for folk to come along on the day.

The scheme is being supported by Shetland Islands Council’s winter activities fund.

More information on the screenings can be found here.

ARE YOU able to recognise the changes in your mouth? That is the question being posed by NHS Shetland’s public dental service as it supports a charity campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer.

The public dental service is urging Shetland residents to be more ‘mouthaware’ and to recognise the early warning signs of mouth cancer, as part of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.

With awareness of the disease remaining low, NHS Shetland’s public dentist service is reminding residents that a simple 45-second check is often all that’s needed to identify anything unusual and professional guidance should be sought if something doesn’t look quite right.

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Angela Hopwood, oral health improvement nurse for NHS Shetland said: “Early diagnosis improves our chances of beating mouth cancer from 50 per cent to 90 per cent so it is crucial that we know what to look out for and that we do not hesitate in seeking advice from a health professional.

“A mouth ulcer that does not heal within three weeks, red or white patches, and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area, can all be potential signs of mouth cancer so it’s important to be aware of any changes.

“Quite often it is easier to notice lumps and bumps on the outside of the body or to dismiss a mouth ulcer as benign. Most of us will spend at least a few minutes every day in front of a mirror brushing our teeth so while we’re there it makes sense to have a quick look inside the mouth.

“If you keep a lookout for these symptoms then a simple 45-second check really could save your life. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please speak to your dentist or a doctor.”

NHS Orkney has appointed a new chief executive – bringing to an end Shetland counterpart Michael Dickson’s interim role at the health board.

Laura Skaife-Knight will take over the role on a permanent basis from interim chief Dickson.

NHS Shetland chief executive Dickson was drafted in to assist the Orkney health board in 2020 after the resignation of Iain Stewart.

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