Isles FM News: Friday 10th April 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have continued to address, general Council responsibilities, and held online discussions, with other local agencies, during the Covid-19 crisis

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Roddie Mackay said “Our resources and capacity are largely devoted to three key objectives, in relation to COVID-19.They are:

Keeping statutory and support services, operating to the highest level possible.
Keeping clients, customers, employees and members safe.
And providing community leadership, information and external advocacy,

As a key part of the ongoing work plan, the council are also considering preparations for the recovery phase, post COVID-19”.


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have now received the revised National Clinical Guidance for Community Health and Social Care Staff, in respect of Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Guidelines include, social and home care workers, wearing a fluid resistant face mask, along with other appropriate PPE, where the person they are visiting, or otherwise attending to, is neither confirmed nor suspected of having COVID19. If the worker considers it is necessary for their own and the individual's safety.

As a result of the revised guidance, the Comhairle is now calculating the anticipated usage of PPE, particularly face-masks and eye wear across the Comhairle, and Third Sector workforce, throughout the Western Isles.


Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has participated in a conference call, to discuss supply-chain challenges, facing Scotland’s island communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The meeting was co-chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing and Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse
Alasdair Allan commented: “During the coronavirus outbreak “The supply chains for key sectors, such as food, seem to be holding up well after initial spates of panic buying. However, as the effects of the outbreak worsen, it’s crucial to make sure there are adequate contingency plans in place to ensure essential goods continue to reach the islands.


Staff at Ionad Spors Leòdhais, and Uist and Barra Fitness Centres
will be offering free online fitness classes from Tuesday 14th April
Fitness classes will be available online twice a day, from Tuesday to Friday. All classes are free and ‘Slàinte Mhath’ membership is not required. More information can be accessed on the CNES website


Pictures of Rainbows have appeared in windows across the Outer Hebrides during the last week. The rainbows are intended to cheer up those who walk past them and they are also a symbol of gratitude to local frontline NHS staff.

NHS Western Isles is now appealing for people to get in touch and send in photos of their rainbow pictures so they can be shared online particularly for those who are self-isolating indoors.

Gordon Jamieson, NHSWI Chief Executive said “We are inviting children to share their rainbow drawings which we will promote on our social media channels and within various NHS sites across the Outer Hebrides.”