Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 30th July 2020


Healthcare advice to treat minor illnesses -- and other common, non-urgent ailments – is now available in local communities following the launch of a new service.

Called -- NHS Pharmacy First Scotland -- it allows community pharmacies to give people expert help for conditions such as sore throats, ear-ache, and cold sores -- along with other clinical problems, such as Urinary Tract Infections.

If more is required, pharmacies will offer referrals to other healthcare teams. “Pharmacy First” should help people access treatment for non-urgent conditions -- without having to go to their GP or local Emergency Department .

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“The launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland will make sure that people have
access to the right care in the right place, getting medical support that is closer to home -- and often with no waiting time or appointments needed.”

Chair of Community Pharmacy Scotland, Martin Green, said:

“This is an exciting service development for everyone. Pharmacists, supported by their pharmacy teams, will be able to offer consultations for anyone with minor illnesses and provide the appropriate advice and support.”

More information on Pharmacy First is available online and on NHS Inform.



NHS Western Isles has produced a range of updated corona virus information for local residents, shops, and businesses to help reduce the potential risk of COVID-19.
The ‘‘We’re here to support you’’ infosheet -- previously issued to households throughout the Western Isles – is now updated to feature the latest Government guidance.

An information poster on the importance of wearing face coverings – now required in shops and on public transport -- has also been released. It informs individuals on how to wear a face covering correctly – as well as advice on how to safely remove it.

Finally, an information poster about disposable gloves is designed for local businesses: it will remind them that customers must be discouraged from using disposable gloves while shopping. It says quite specifically: “If you wear the same gloves when you shop, or touch a trolley, food, door, phone, your face or hair... You are spreading germs.”

All materials are available to view and download -- within the Public & Carers section -- at:




You wait forever for a distillery on Benbecula. Then two arrive in rapid succession.

Following the recent announcement of a distillery at Nunton Steadings, The Uist Distilling Company has revealed plans to build a £6.5 million whisky (and other spirits) distillery at Gramsdale on Benbecula.

A planning application will be submitted this week to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with production hoping to start in early 2022.

“Pioneering and innovative” low-carbon technologies are proposed in the distillery's design and building -- as well as in the distillation process.
The company, owned by local businessmen Angus A MacMillan and his son Angus E MacMillan, not only wants to produce single malt whisky but also rum and gin -- all with a “Hebridean twist” to present to the national and international market.



A new BBC1 gameshow called “I Can See Your Voice” is looking for performers and contestants.

The programme is described as a mystery-music guessing game, that producers say “promises a whole new take on the singing gameshow” – not to mention a fair amount of comedy and play-along fun for the family viewers. Paddy McGuinness has been confirmed as the host.

The producers, Thames TV, say they are looking for BAD singers and GREAT singers – plus CONTESTANTS who will not be required to sing. The latter should be two people from a single househould. All applicants must be 18 or older

To apply go to the website :