Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 27th July 2020
REOPENING OF SPORT AND LEISURE FACILITIES
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sport and Health staff are working on getting facilities ready to reopen, hopefully in the not too distant future.
The plan is for Facilities to reopen gradually, in line with Scottish Government protocols. This will mean significant reductions in capacity to maintain social distancing guidelines etc. In order to manage this, customers will require to make bookings for timed slots through a smartphone app which will be available to download prior to reopening. There will also be slots set aside for those who don’t have access to this technology.
COMHAIRLE WELCOMES CALMAC APPOINTMENT
The Comhairle has welcomed the appointment of Lewis based Finlay MacRae as CalMac Head of Operations. Finlay who has previously served as CalMac’s Area Operations Manager for the North region, lives in Scalpay and will work remotely from CalMac’s Stornoway Office.
This is the first senior CalMac post to be based in the Western Isles and it is hoped that it will soon be one of many at senior management level.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, the Comhairle’s Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, said:
‘While the positives of this appointment must be acknowledged there is no doubt that the workforce balance between locally based and mainland based CalMac staff must be addressed. Local crewing and training should be made a priority that will improve the resilience of the service and help make savings to the public purse.’
UPDATE ON CERVICAL SCREENING IN THE WESTERN ISLES
The NHS Scotland national screening programmes, are now resuming in a series of stages.
Anyone who was invited for cervical screening before the pause should now contact their GP practice to make an appointment.
Appointment invitations and reminders are now also being posted with invitations sent to those who receive more frequent (non-routine) cervical screening appointments.
Invitations to attend routine screening appointments will be issued from September 2020.
WELCOME FOR ISLANDS DEAL FROM DONALD
Welcoming the recent £50 million Islands deal, Conservative Shadow Finance Secretary Donald Cameron MSP said:
‘The deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Western Isles, where we badly need investment to sustain the local economy and reverse the worrying trend towards depopulation.
‘The unprecedented scale of the deal is an emphatic demonstration of how beneficial it can be when the Scottish Government works with the UK Government to deliver on behalf of our communities.
‘I very much hope that Nicola Sturgeon will reflect on the benefits of working together.’
UPDATE FOR PATIENTS IN OSPADAL UIBHIST agus BHARRAIGH
From today, Monday 27th July, Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh requests that where patients can have their clothes collected and washed at home, this should be done. This was standard practice prior to the lockdown period.
Each hospital patient will be asked whether their Designated Visitor (or other family member/carer) will be able to uplift clothes requiring laundry.
The management would like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation in this matter.
HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT
The Public are reminded that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has issued an application form to parents for pupils school transport, which requires to be filled in by tomorrow, Tuesday 28th July.
School transport planning restrictions, as a result of COVID-19, are complex and parents are encouraged to fill the form in as soon as possible.
The Home to School Transport application form can be found online at: https://bit.ly/2CZu9gg