Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Tuesday 28th April 2018

WESTERN ISLES STARTS ITS OWN COVID-19 INFECTION TESTING

NHS Western Isles has commenced testing for the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 infection. Following local validation, to national standards, the Western Isles Hospital laboratory, is now accepting samples for testing. The capacity for the facility is 64 tests a day.

The anticipated result time is approximately three hours, compared to one or more days when testing has previously, had to be undertaken on the mainland. Sampling packs will be distributed to the Uists and to Barra, rolling out access, to the Stornoway Laboratory testing service, across the islands.


ONE MINUTE SILENCE

NHS Western Isles is encouraging workplaces and individuals across the Western Isles to observe a nationwide One Minute Silence being held today Tuesday at 11am.

The One Minute Silence is in honour and remembrance of all health, care and key workers who stood firm in the fight against COVID-19, but have sadly lost their lives.


NHS WESTERN ISLES FREE ACCESS TO SLEEP APP

NHS Western Isles in partnership with Big Health Ltd. are pleased to offer access, to a clinically tested insomnia App. This APP is free for residents of the Outer Hebrides experiencing sleep difficulties or insomnia.
The pilot is supported by Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care programme, for a period of nine months initially. NHS Western Isles appreciate that more people than ever are likely to be facing sleep difficulties at this time, as they cope with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The app is available from NHS Western Isles' mPower community navigator service or from local GP surgeries.


LEWIS SPORTS CENTRE STAFF AT THE CO-OP!


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Sport and Health staff have been ensuring that people across the Western Isles, have online activities available, to help them keep fit during lockdown.
Other Lewis Sport Centre Staff have been redeployed at the Co-operative Supermarket in Stornoway over recent weeks, supporting the ongoing work by the Home Deliveries Department to supply vulnerable people with essential shopping.

 

Waste Recycling CNES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has confirmed, in line with Scottish Government guidance, that the 5 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the Western Isles will remain closed.

A spokesperson said “The Comhairle accepts this will be inconvenient to many householders but we would ask island residents to be patient. There have been some reports of waste being fly tipped, as a result of the closure of Recycling Centre facilities.

The spokesperson continued: “Fly tipping is a criminal activity which can result in a large financial penalty or even a custodial sentence and should not be acceptable in any community.

“Please ask any resident who witnesses the illegal dumping of waste to report it. This can be reported to SEPA, Police Scotland, Environmental Health or by using the Dumb Dumpers hotline 0845 2 30 40 90 or website https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/DumbDumpers

 

‘HARDSHIP FUND’ GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILS

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, has given grants of £5,000 each, to the community councils in its immediate area. This is to be used as ‘hardship funds’ to help residents suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Point, Sandwick and Stornoway Community Councils received the money which is to be spent at their discretion. The money was directed to the community councils, in recognition of “their vital role as grassroots organisations”, in touch with their communities and able to co-ordinate aid efforts.

 

EARLY LAUNCH FOR NEW GAELIC WEBSITE FOR THE YOUNGEST LEARNERS

A new resource aimed at teaching Gaelic to learners in the early-years environment, has been launched early, to help fill the gap caused by the closure of Gaelic nurseries and Pre-school education settings, amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Gàidhlig nan Òg, previewed at last year’s An t-Alltan conference for Gaelic Medium Education (GME) practitioners, was due to have been launched in August 2020, but has been brought forward to help the home-learning community.

The resource aims to provide parents/carers and early years practitioners with an abundance of themed resources to help the acquisition of Gaelic in pre-school children.

The website has been created by Gaelic educational resources agency Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig. The new Gàidhlig nan Òg resource can be found online at: www.gaidhlig-nan-og.scot

 

ROYAL NATIONAL MOD

This year’s Royal National Mòd will not go-ahead in light of the current global coronavirus pandemic. The event due to be held in October this year, will be staged in October 2021 in Inverness.
Talks will now get underway to reschedule, the timetable, of future Royal National Mòds.”