Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 29th November 2020


As from today, following the release of new national guidance, it will be a requirement for all staff, patients attending for appointments, and visitors, to wear a face mask, in clinical areas in hospitals in the Western Isles

At Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh in Benbecula and St Brendan’s in Barra, everyone will be asked on arrival, to remove any face coverings they are wearing. Masks, along with alcohol based hand rub and bins, will be located outside clinical departments in the hospitals.

NHS Western Isles Nurse & AHP Director/Chief Operating Officer, William Findlay, stated: “This new measure is important because it is recognised that some people are unaware that they have the virus and do not have any symptoms. The use of face masks in clinical areas will help to prevent transmission of the virus, from the person wearing the face mask, to other people.”


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Care Homes are preparing to have a protocol in place, for Care Home visiting by 3rd July. This comes after the announcement by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, that some visiting restrictions will be eased on that date.

This phased reintroduction of visiting to care homes, does not signify a return to normal. Residents will be able to have one named "key visitor", they will have to stay outdoors, maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask for the duration of their visit.


NHS Western Isles, is delighted to congratulate four of its Maternity Care Assistants - Mary McWilliams, Dolina Macleod, Becky Thornton and Charlotte Rowe - who have each successfully completed their Maternity Care Assistant course with the University of the West of Scotland.

Catherine MacDonald, NHS Western Isles Head of Midwifery, said. The course was comprehensive and challenging and this is a fantastic achievement!"
The Maternity Care Assistants currently manage the ultrasound clinics, with supervision from the midwifery staff, they are all trained in hearing screening, of the newborn.

We look forward to them adopting their new knowledge and skills, into the maternity workforce, to support and complement the existing maternity service being offered across the Outer Hebrides.



Staff from NHS Western Isles and researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands and Newcastle University, are interested to find out how children aged between 5-10 years have experienced the recent changes in their life, during the Covid Pandemic.

Dr Tushar Banerjee, NHS Western Isles Consultant Paediatrician, noticed that children were drawing pictures about the lockdown, and wanted to find out more.

Dr Banerjee said, “Engaging children in a creative activity during the current pandemic could help them communicate feelings safely. This is recommended by the World Health Organisation. Making images is a wonderful way to describe a new unfamiliar experience without words, which is often preferred by younger children”,

Children's pictures can be submitted in a short online survey at the following link:





Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, would like to pay tribute to Katie Campbell for the hard work and dedication, she has shown in 45 years working in Sgoil Dhalabroig’s canteen.
In that time Katie, who continues to work in the school canteen, has catered for generations of school children and served over 1.8 million meals for the children and staff who have passed through the school.
Sgoil Dhalabroig today (26 June) held a presentation for Katie in recognition of her 45 years of service.




The digital Festival XpoNorth 2020, the leading Creative Industries Conference, featured the unique collaborative project, between Astrid’s Willie Campbell, award-winning poet and novelist Kevin MacNeil, and musician/ producer, Colin MacLeod.
Their collaborative project Akutagawa, will marry the Far East and the Western Isles, resulting a highly unique offering of music and the spoken word.
Kevin MacNeil commented I wanted to shine a Gaelic Hebridean light on Eastern genius. The songs on the EP are a bridge between worlds – West and East, past and present, the everyday and the exceptional.’