Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 19th May 2020

NHS COVID-19 SUPPORT INFO-SHEET

NHS Western Isles has produced a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheet. It is currently being made available throughout the Outer Hebrides, with the support of local community organisations and groups.

Whilst the majority of households have access to internet, social media, radio, newspapers and television. NHS Western Isles recognises, that there may be a number of individuals, who may not be able to access or receive information, for various reasons.

The NHS information sheet provides information on the common symptoms of COVID-19 and advice on what to do, if someone within a household has symptoms. There is a reminder, not to ignore warning signs of serious conditions, and that support is available for non-coronavirus health related concerns.
Information is included on how to access the local Community Support Hub and Helpline, which offers households access to support, for food shopping, or if they are experiencing any financial concerns.

 

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 18th May 2020

SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms, across the country, including the Stornoway branch, now offer safe spaces for victims of Domestic Abuse. The safe spaces offer contact for specialist domestic abuse services, for support and advice.
The scheme, launched by Hestia, is a response to the desperate situation, facing many victims, who are isolating with perpetrators, during lockdown.
Chief Inspector Ian Graham, Western Isles Area Commander “We are aware that there is an increased risk of domestic abuse, as people observe isolation and social distancing guidance. We welcome this additional support for those affected.
Anyone at risk of abuse, can contact Police Scotland on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Or Scotland's Domestic Abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234. Or online at Safer.scot

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 18th May 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Friday 15th May 2020

SPEED UP BUSINESS SUPPORT

Many businesses across the Highlands and Islands, are still waiting to access the Government’s business support. The latest figures for the Western Isles, are one of the worst in Scotland, with 31.1% businesses waiting for support.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron commented
“Businesses are now months into this crisis and far too many of them, in this region, are still waiting for the support they need to survive. Small and medium-sized enterprises will be vital to our recovery, from any economic downturn. But if a significant portion across the Highlands and Islands, don’t get funding on time, it will be difficult for them to survive and save jobs.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Friday 15th May 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Thursday 14th May 2020

TECHNOLOGY FOR THOSE IN NEED IN LOCKDOWN

The EU-funded mPower team, at NHS Western Isles, has adapted its working practices, to continue helping the housebound during the coronavirus outbreak.

mPower uses digital support to enable elderly people, in remote areas to live safely and independently in their own homes, by introducing them to various health and wellbeing assistance.

Sue Long, mPower, leads the four-person team covering the whole of the Western Isles, helping the elderly and those who have long-term health conditions and chronic illnesses, to create wellbeing plans, in a bid to improve their day to day lives.

Sue Long commented:

“One of the main things we've been focusing on over the past couple of months is keeping people connected. All care homes across the Western Isles have been supplied with iPads by the NHS, so we've been helping residents use this technology to keep in touch with their families

“We have trained the Care Home Managers how to allow the family meetings to happen. The ‘daily ceilidh’ for residents in Bernera and Uig, is another great example It’s an online coffee morning that takes place every day, where people can come together and chat to others.

“Videoconferencing technology is also being used to remotely connect people with health professionals, so they don’t have to be seen by a doctor in person. This is hugely helpful for people who live in remote communities across the Western Isles.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Thursday 14th May 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Wednesday 13th May 2020

COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN IS URGING PEOPLE TO OBEY SCOTTISH LOCKDOWN LAWS

Comhairle nan Eilean is urging people to obey Scottish lockdown laws and not travel to beauty spots in the islands. It follows concerns over mixed and confusing messages after Boris Johnston announced a relaxation of the lockdown south of the border.

Stay at home remains the policy for the other UK nations, including Scotland.
The Guardian newspaper came into the firing line after publishing a photo of Loch Roag in Lewis with the caption: “People will be able to drive to beauty spots from Wednesday” - an option which only applies in England.”
The newspaper has since acknowledged it was wrong to suggest the location was one of the places people could visit.
“Scotland, unlike England, has not lifted restrictions on such non-essential travel,” clarified the paper.
Nicola Sturgeon highlighted Scots should not be “distracted by messages from other parts of the UK.”
A comhairle spokesperson said: “We would remind everyone that in Scotland it is not permissible to drive to beauty spots.
“There are also restrictions on travelling to the islands and we must see these maintained for the continued health of our population.”
Cal Mac also pointed out said: “After the weekend's announcement we would like to remind our customers to stay at home and save lives. Please do not travel unless it is essential.”
“Ferries should only be used for essential supplies or business by those that live on the islands.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Wednesday 13th May 2020