Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 19th 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.

 

CORONAVIRUS STATUTORY SICK PAY SCHEME TO LAUNCH MAY 26TH

The Government has announced that there will be a new online service, for small to medium employers, to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments, which have been made to employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay, Rebate Scheme, was announced at a Budget meeting, part of a package of support measures, for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250
employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying SSP, which was virus-related from the 13th March 2020.

 

NHS BABY MASSAGE

NHS Western Isles continues to deliver services in many different ways, including classes on baby massage. Massage being particularly useful to new parents, during this important stage of their child's development. The benefits of baby massage are far reaching giving increased levels of sleep and improved body awareness and coordination.

Following a trial session of online classes for parents in Uist and Barra, NHS Western Isles Health Promotion Department and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Early Year’s Service are now offering the service to all parents living in the Outer Hebrides.

 


HAMPER FOR LAUNDRY STAFF

Staff from Western Isles Hospital's Laundry and Domestic teams, were the delighted recipients of a hamper from Eilean Siar Hampers.
The kind donation was provided by Maureen Macdonald from Barvas, who nominated NHS staff. Each member of the Laundry and Domestic staff, is given the opportunity to draw an item, from the hamper contents. NHS Western Isles would like to take this opportunity to thank the donor and Eilean Siar Hampers for their kind generosity.

 


COMHAIRLE SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME REACHES 100,000 VIEWS

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s, Social Media Activities Programme continues to bring people social distancing closer together. This programme designed to help keep, people entertained during lockdown, was launched early in April.

Last week’s event with singers Willie Campbell and Norrie Tago Maciver amassed views of over 35,000.

Willie Campbell commented “The ceilidhs have become a Social gathering online. People interact and chat with each other, while the gig’s happening and chat to the performers too. The online ceilidhs are most certainly, pulling people together during a difficult time. It has been a pleasure to contribute.”