Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 21st September 2020

WESTERN ISLES COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

NHS Western Isles have confirmed that an individual in the Western Isles received a ‘false positive’ test result last week.

Essentially, an individual received positive results from a mainland laboratory, which was re-tested through the NHS Western Isles laboratory and was confirmed negative.

The mainland laboratory system was designed to provide rapid results for a large number of screening tests. Where a result is a ‘weak positive’ in someone without risk factors for exposure to COVID-19, a confirmatory test is recommended.

The confirmatory test that is used by NHS Western Isles in the local laboratory is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in testing for Covid-19 and is used as the system to ‘retest’ as necessary. Where this test is negative, the mainland laboratory test is regarded as a ‘false positive’.

This is the third ‘false positive’ test result reported for the Western Isles, where confirmatory tests have shown that COVID-19 was not detected. NHS Western Isles said they wish to reassure local communities that public health risk assess each result and all such tests are thoroughly investigated.

 

COUNCILLOR COMMENTS ON HIAL AIR TRAFFIC PLANS

Commenting on an independent report on the proposed centralization of Air Traffic Control operations in the Highlands and Islands, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, said:


“This report confirms the arguments that the Comhairle and others have been making. This is a costly, risky, vanity project which should have been stopped long before now. The economic impact on island areas is unacceptable. The loss of jobs in the Islands is unacceptable. The risks are unacceptable. I repeat our call that HIAL think again about proceeding with these proposals and I would ask again that Scottish Government intervene.”

The report outlines that HIAL’s plans to relocate all air traffic controllers to a central location at Inverness, have underestimated the likely costs and risks of the project.

 

ROADSIDE MONITORING STATION INSTALLED AT THE BRAIGHE

CNES has successfully installed a roadside monitoring station, with camera functions, at the Braighe over the summer months.

The Roadside Camera Station will provide the travelling public, Emergency services and decision makers with more visual information. This will allow them to make better informed decisions on safe travel along the Braighe in winter months during periods of high tide and stormy weather.

The camera has the ability to measure wind speed and direction and limited visibility night time images are also possible as a result of an infra-red camera.

Camera images will appear on the Comhairle website in the coming weeks. It is hoped that a live camera feed will be available before the winter months.

 

HELP TO GET ONLINE

Organisations that work with digitally excluded families and young people in care are being encouraged to get involved with a programme aiming to get more people online.

Funding for Connecting Scotland, which aims to give low income families and individuals an internet device as well as twelve months unlimited data and technical support has now reached £43 million. This follows the announcement of an additional £23 million as part of Programme for Government earlier this month.

With around a hundred applications already received for the current phase of the programme, local authorities and third sector bodies have another three weeks to seek support for the families and care leavers they work with, with further details on how the additional funding will work expected next month.

Organisations can apply for phase 2 up to 11am on 5 October online at https://connecting.scot/for-organisations/apply

For more information on the programme visit www.connecting.scot