Isles FM News: Wednesday 8th April 2020


NHS Western Isles have confirmed that another islander has tested positive for coronavirus. This brings the total of cases confirmed by test, up to five. 56 people in the Western Isles have been tested so far.
Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of Western Isles Health board said:
“The fifth case of coronavirus is confirmed here on Lewis. Staff are undergoing extensive training in preparation to care safely, for those patients who will require respiratory support. Staff are also practicing stringent infection protection, measures.
I’d like to pay tribute to all NHS staff and thank the local community for their efforts, in helping to tackle the spread, of this potentially deadly virus.”


During the current Covid-19 restrictions, NHS Western Isles urges patients with mild coronavirus symptoms, not to call NHS 24. If they are able to manage their symptoms at home.
Those who are unable to manage their symptoms, or if symptoms do not improve after seven days, should contact NHS24 on 111, day or night.
For information on Covid-19, local communities across the Western Isles: are urged not to call the GP or go to the surgery with regard to coronavirus.
An NHS spokesperson said” This system provides patients with a straightforward dedicated route to clinical advice and support, as well as freeing up GP practices to treat and care for all non-coronavirus health conditions.


Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the Scottish Government has issued new guidance, to ensure that non-essential construction work, is halted immediately.
A spokesperson said “Work on building sites must stop, unless it is supporting crucial work during the coronavirus pandemic”
Any project deemed essential can only continue operating if, it can comply with guidance on social distancing, safety and welfare during the outbreak.


NHS Western Isles is launching a ‘Virtual Visiting’ service for hospital inpatients.
Following the recent decision to close hospitals in the Western Isles to visitors, staff have been working on a new process, to enable inpatients to keep in touch with friends and family via video call.
Video calling is as convenient as a phone call, with the added value of face to face communication.
The service, officially launching today (Wednesday), is available seven days a week between 2pm and 4pm.
The service will initially be available to patients in Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, but consideration will be given to how it can be effectively rolled out to all Western Isles hospital sites, over the next two weeks.


With the closure of Calmac retail outlets due to the Covid-19 crisis, CalMac is donating food that’s shortly going out of date, to local food banks.
Staff from the West Coast ferry operator are currently sifting stock and anything with a sell by date, within three months will be donated.
CalMac’s Head of Sales, Kurt Hart said “Given that we are not in position to determine when our on-board retail outlets will be open again, it makes sense to find a use for products that will be out of date soon, It is better someone gets the benefit of these products now.”’
So far donations have been made to foodbanks in West Coast ports including Barra and Stornoway.


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