Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Thursday May 30th 2020

NHS WESTERN ISLES LAUNCHES COVID-19 TELEPHONE LINE

NHS Western Isles has launched a new Coronavirus (COVID-19), health support telephone line, for those living and working within the Western Isles.

The service has been set up to answer general health queries or concerns, from members of the public, health and social care staff, regarding the Covid-19 situation. The telephone number 01851 601151 will be open from 09.00am-5.30pmMonday-Friday


Information can also be found at the new local support, website, www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot. But, if you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, then you should still call NHS24 on 111 in the first instance.

 

PPE FROM HUBS FOR UNPAID/FAMILY CARERS AND PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

Following the recent announcement by the Scottish Government, local Hubs across Scotland, will extend provision of Personal Protection Equipment, to include unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.
Three local Social Care Hubs for Lewis and Harris, Uist and Barra, will now distributed PPE supplies, to the whole social care sector, where carers are unable to source PPE through their normal routes. The Hubs will be open Mon - Fri, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Orders should be placed in advance by calling 01851 600 501 or 07970262732.

 

ANTI-POVERTY GROUP BRING EXTRA FOOD TO ISLANDS

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Outer Hebrides Community Planning, have been working together in partnership with the Anti-Poverty Strategy Group and with food charity FareShare, to bring additional food to the islands on a regular basis.

Supplies are distributed by various agencies, during the course of their usual work duties. This service is available to Community Groups helping others and aware of anyone needing support. This initiative is for all parts of the Western Isles and is completely confidential”. Telephone number is 01851 705727.

 

VIRTUAL VISITING KEEPS WESTERN ISLES PATIENTS IN TOUCH WITH THEIR FAMILIES

One of the objectives for NHS Western Isles over recent weeks, has been to bring families together in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.With visiting suspended across hospitals, NHS Western Isles now re-unite families via ‘virtual visiting’ and have supplied hospital wards, with iPads to enable patients to keep in touch with their family online.
The Virtual Visiting facility is continuing to grow across the Western Isles Hospitals. Care homes have also introduced a similar facility. This enables vital face to face conversations, to happen between patients and the people that matter most to them in their lives, which inevitably will be instrumental in their recovery.The telephone for families to book a virtual visit is 01851 708205

 

FACE COVERING WHILE SHOPPING

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined the need for people to wear face coverings in shops. The recommendation is for face coverings made of cloth or other textiles, such as a scarf, not medical grade face masks which Health and Social Care Workers wear.
The guidance emphasises the most important step, to prevent transmission of the virus, is to comply with the current stay at home, social distancing and hygiene rules.
However, it recognises that there may be some benefit in wearing a face covering, if you leave the house and enter an enclosed space, where you will come into contact with multiple people and safe social distancing is difficult, such as shops.

 

NO MORE ROYAL MAIL DELIVERIES ON SATURDAY

The Royal Mail is halting Saturday letter deliveries, due to the impact of coronavirus. Disruption to mail services has been caused by high levels of Covid-19-related absences and necessary social distancing measures.
From this weekend, letters will only be delivered between Monday and Friday until further notice. Saturday collections from businesses, post offices and post boxes will continue as normal.

 

SUCCESSFUL GRANT FOR SOUTH HARRIS COMMUNITY

The Leverhulme Community Hub Steering Group, South Harris have worked tirelessly for over 4 years with the aim of securing the purchase of the “Old Block” building, at Leverhulme Memorial School.
The plan for a new community hub has moved a step closer to reality, thanks to a grant of £13,580 from the Scottish Land Fund. This sum will support a second application to cover the purchase of the building.
The community group’s vision, has come from widespread demand for local services and a multi-purpose community facility.

 

BETHESDA HOSPICE FUNDRAISER OVER £68,000 RAISED

A fundraiser organised by Megan Macdonald of Stornoway, for Bethesda Hospice has raised over £68,000. The online raffle was supported by 100 local business and over 3,500 people pledging donations.
Megan Macdonald of Sandwick Bay Candles, kick started the initiative by putting up a £100 gift hamper and other business lent their support, by offering a wide raft of prizes.
Megan Macdonald commented on the reason behind the funding campaign. “With the Bethesda Shop currently closed and the numerous fundraisers, required to meet the costs of running the hospice being cancelled, it is important to keep fundraising for this facility
“Bethesda is a vital service on our island home and one that we as a family, had first hand experience off. Having worked with Bethesda over the last few years, I wanted to do as much as I could during this time of uncertainty.”