Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 3rd July 2020


Local top class Restaurant, Digby Chick say they have made the “unavoidable decision” to close Digby Chick Restaurant permanently.
The Management say they have not taken this decision lightly, but due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is no longer financially viable for them to continue to operate the Restaurant based in Stornoway town Centre.
Digby Chick Management also said, that after 20 years in business, it is heart breaking for them to close the doors on Digby Chick and that the longevity of their success has been down to their loyal customers, and the hard work and dedication of their incredible staff, whom they thanked very much.
Digby Chick also encouraged anyone holding vouchers for use in the Restaurant, to contact them via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Walking 40k to mark 40 years of service and raise vital funds for The Leanne Fund, Lewis nurse Donna Parkes is getting set for a new challenge next month.
Donna is part of the Macmillan Nurse team providing specialist cancer care and support across the Western Isles and wants to mark the occasion for a special charity. She said:
“After forty years of working as a nurse I am retiring and I want to celebrate this by raising money for a charity close to my heart.
“On the 1st of August I will be completing seven 6km loops around part of Point starting and finishing at my home in Garrabost - this will allow me to adhere to social distancing.
“All donations will be greatly appreciated and 100% of the funds raised will be going to this well-deserved cause and make a huge difference in the lives of young people living with Cystic Fibrosis.
“I chose the Leanne Fund as it has a special place in my heart as Leanne was my niece and the fund supports young people to live life to the full like she did.”
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of the Leanne Fund said:
“She has touched the lives of so many individuals and families over the years and I’m sure some of them will want to contribute/support her effort.”
You can support her fundraising on her Virgin Money giving page -


Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has said she is delighted to see “a leap in the right direction” as NHS Highland are still committed to providing renal dialysis in the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Skye.
NHS Highland has told Mrs Grant that they have recruited qualified staff and that they are in the process of re-advertising three further posts.
They also revealed that they are confident they can secure two members of staff if accommodation can be secured.
They expect they can convert the Day Room in the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital as an interim solution in September 2020 and begin renal dialysis once staff have completed training.
Currently, due to Covid-19, that room is being used as a staff room to allow staff to social distance and the District Manager has arranged a meeting with key staff members to see where this staff room can be re-located.
NHS Highland said it has purchased five Dialysis Machines and a Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Unit for this dialysis hub.


Some NHS Scotland national screening programmes which were paused in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19) are set to resume safely, carefully and in a series of stages.
Anyone who was invited for cervical screening before the pause and was yet to make an appointment or had their appointment cancelled will be able to contact their GP practice to make an appointment.
Appointment invitations and reminders will be posted from mid-July, with invitations sent first to those who receive more frequent (non-routine) cervical screening appointments. Routine screening will recommence once NHS Scotland has caught up with non-routine appointments affected by the pause.


Members of local band Peat and Desiel, are on a cycle-tour this weekend, raising money for Bethesda Hospice as part of Butt to Barra 2020.
Due to current travel restrictions, musicians Innes Scott and Uilleam Macleod are cycling the 165 miles, on roads around their home, in the Isle of Lewis,
The duo have a target of between 35 and 40 miles a day, each.
Over 50 cyclists have taken the opportunity to test their fitness and participate in the 165-mile challenge, which ends next Wednesday the 8th July.
The Butt to Barra Cycle Challenge this year is raising much needed funds for Bethesda Hospice. Cyclists are fundraising through justgivingB2B2020