ISLES MP WELCOMES “ROUTE MAP” TO EASING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
Isles MP Angus MacNeil, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s route map, to easing lockdown, which aims to move into Phase 1 on 28th May.
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “The unpredictable nature of coronavirus makes it difficult to set exact timescales and we must take gradual steps to ensure the virus is kept under control. It is important to remember that we remain in lockdown and restrictions will not change before the 28th May.”
“Meanwhile together with Orkney Council Leader James Stockan, we have been having exploratory discussions, to develop testing with companies, who may offer cheaper and quicker testing. This would ensure Covid-19 is not in our communities, giving further confidence after lockdown is eased.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 22nd May 2020
NEW UK AWARD FOR PST WIND FARM CHARITY
Island community windfarm company Point and Sandwick Trust, have won another major UK award, for social enterprise.
The Trust, which owns and operates the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm, near Stornoway, is the “Environmental Champion” in the NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards 2020.
The organisation was listed for the first time in the top 100 social enterprise businesses in the UK. The index is compiled to “celebrate the growth, impact and resilience of social ventures in the UK”.
Calum Macdonald, development manager for Point and Sandwick Trust said: “This award recognises our success as a business, as well as our impact as a charity We try to have an impact across a range of areas, including helping the local hospice, supporting the most vulnerable, helping local culture and arts, but the environment is one of our most important areas of work and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the NatWest awards.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 21st May 2020
COVID -19 TESTING FOR CAREHOMES
Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, has secured an urgent meeting with a Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, in her continuous bid for a Covid-19 emergency protocol, for care homes.
The Highlands & Islands MSP has criticised Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, over the length of time, it has taken to respond to requests, for “a clear single protocol”, to be drawn up, to protect care home staff and residents from Covid-19 outbreaks.
MSP Rhoda Grant said: “I will ask the Cabinet Secretary to outline, exactly what scientific advice has changed, in that the government now accepts, the need to carry out regular staff testing in care homes.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - 20th May 2020
NHS COVID-19 SUPPORT INFO-SHEET
NHS Western Isles has produced a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheet. It is currently being made available throughout the Outer Hebrides, with the support of local community organisations and groups.
Whilst the majority of households have access to internet, social media, radio, newspapers and television. NHS Western Isles recognises, that there may be a number of individuals, who may not be able to access or receive information, for various reasons.
The NHS information sheet provides information on the common symptoms of COVID-19 and advice on what to do, if someone within a household has symptoms. There is a reminder, not to ignore warning signs of serious conditions, and that support is available for non-coronavirus health related concerns.
Information is included on how to access the local Community Support Hub and Helpline, which offers households access to support, for food shopping, or if they are experiencing any financial concerns.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 19th May 2020