Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 14th July 2020


NHS Western Isles have announced that from this week, each hospital patient can nominate one Designated Visitor, for the duration of their hospital admission.

A Designated Visitor can be their spouse, next of kin or friend. It is recommended that this person is also the main contact for communication.

The Designated Visitor, can arrange a visit via the NHS Western Isles Visiting Coordinator. Visiting will be by pre-arranged appointment only, to ensure the number of people in clinical areas, is kept to a minimum at any one time.

Until further notice, visits will be limited to half an hour to ensure all patients have the opportunity to receive visits, and to permit the necessary cleaning between visits.
NHS Western Isles also point out that Virtual Visiting using technology, remains in place as an option, to visit friends/relatives in all Western Isles hospitals.



NHS Western Isles have notified the public that those attending appointments at hospitals or dental surgeries in the Western Isles, will now be able to choose an accompanying person to attend appointments

Anyone attending healthcare appointments must ensure they continue to follow physical distancing guidance by maintaining a 2 metre distance from others. Adhere to using hand sanitiser on entry, and before they enter clinical areas, to reduce the risk of infection.

All those entering clinical areas will also be required to wear a face mask, which will be provided.


Barbers and hairdressers in the Western Isles have been implementing social distancing measures, and ensuring all protocols are in place at their business premises.

Several local salons are reopening tomorrow Wed 15th with the majority of businesses booking appointments from this week.



A community wellbeing drive, by Point and Sandwick Trust.has set up a telephone befriending project, to combat the increased social isolation, during the lockdown period

The wind farm organisation, which runs Beinn Ghrideag, for the sole benefit of the community, has launching the latest aspect of its grassroots community support
12 volunteers have been recruited and trained...
Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “The project has attracted a diverse range of people in our community, who are willing to undertake training and be supported, in their role as befrienders.

“Although we live in a close-knit community we are aware that some people are very lonely and isolated, not just during the current pandemic, but also throughout the rest of the year because of poor health, age, social circumstances, lack of transport, family on the mainland and a host of other reasons. The aim of the project is to develop a light-touch befriending service, to try to alleviate those issues of isolation and loneliness.



Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have congratulated all students, throughout the Western Isles, who have finished University, College or an apprenticeship at this difficult time. Many graduates will not be finishing their studies with the customary celebrations, and the Comhairle are taking the opportunity, to wish them every success in the future.

Three members of the Comhairle’s Communications Team, Peigi Ann Scott, Eachainn Miller and James Mackinnon, have recently finished their studies, and have achieved 3 honours degrees in BA Gàidhlig agus Leasachadh, BA Journalism, and BA Politics, Journalism and Creative Writing.

Colin George Morrison, Media Coordinator, said: “Peigi Ann, Eachainn and James have already made significant contributions to the Comhairle’s communications during the Pandemic. Congratulations to them and to all the students who have recently completed courses.”