Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 7th July 2020

COMHAIRLE’S CROWN ESTATE REVENUE ALLOCATION

Comhairle nan Siar Leader, Roddie Mackay, has welcomed the announcement that the Comhairle’s share of the Crown Estate, net revenue for 2018/19, will be £2.3M. This sum is a £600k increase, from the £1.7m received last year for 2017/18 and is a result, of the Comhairle’s continued engagement with both the UK and Scottish Governments.

Cllr Roddie Mackay, said: “This latest announcement on the increase for the 2018/19 allocation is very welcome and will allow us to have further dialogue with communities, on how we can support each other and the services which we all need and value, during these challenging times.”

“Decisions on the 2017/18 projects will be made this month and I will also be proposing, that the Comhairle agrees how to allocate the funding from 2018/19, in August, so that communities can benefit from this funding as soon as practicably possible.”

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 6th July 2020

NHS WESTERN ISLES LAUNCHES NEW IMPROVED WEBSITE

Sunday, 5th July marked the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS, as well as 2020 also marking the 72nd year of the social care system. To mark these remarkable milestones, more so significant during these current times, NHS Western Isles announced the launch of its new website at: www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk
The 'Looking Back' section celebrates the 72nd Anniversary and the rich history of healthcare and the NHS in the Outer Hebrides, this includes nursing careers and stories, photo gallery, video archive, and useful links.
Visitors to the new website will find changes with user-friendly navigation, increased service listings, useful information and rich content. The new and improved website, boasting a clean design, features images representing the islands from throughout the Outer Hebrides, and offers easy access to essential and accurate information.
The front landing page features three important new sections titled ‘I am a Patient’, ‘I am a Carer’ and ‘I am a Visitor’ to help individuals find the information relevant to them, at the right time.
This includes patients being able to access information relating to their Outpatient appointments or Inpatient stay, carers being able to access help and support for themselves and the person they look after, whilst visitors can access information on hospital facilities, refreshments and what they must do if they plan on visiting during the coronavirus pandemic.
As well as including the ‘Near Me’ virtual appointment system, maternity services, dental health, patient travel and virtual visiting, the revised ‘Our Services’ section features a wide range of newly added services offering an overview of each team.
This includes who teams are aimed at, services each offers, location(s), referral methods, patient information literature and links, and their direct contact details. Newly added services includes Nurse-led services, sexual health services, substance misuse, chaplaincy and spiritual care, and work and health.
They have also made it easier for visitors looking to get more involved within their local health service, from finding out about current consultation and engagement to volunteering, and submitting feedback. In addition, anyone looking to apply for a job with NHS Western Isles is encouraged to visit the new section ‘Working, Studying and Volunteering’. All items can be found in the ‘Get Involved’ section.
As well as links to our social media (Facebook and Twitter) channels, the site also features a link to the Vimeo platform, where all films which have been produced by, or in partnership with, NHS Western Isles can be viewed.
The new site also links to the local coronavirus website (www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot), where information relating to COVID-19 can separately be found. You can explore the new site at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 3rd July 2020

DIGBY CHICK RESTURANT CLOSES AFTER 20 YEARS

Local top class Restaurant, Digby Chick say they have made the “unavoidable decision” to close Digby Chick Restaurant permanently.
The Management say they have not taken this decision lightly, but due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is no longer financially viable for them to continue to operate the Restaurant based in Stornoway town Centre.
Digby Chick Management also said, that after 20 years in business, it is heart breaking for them to close the doors on Digby Chick and that the longevity of their success has been down to their loyal customers, and the hard work and dedication of their incredible staff, whom they thanked very much.
Digby Chick also encouraged anyone holding vouchers for use in the Restaurant, to contact them via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 2nd July 2020

CNES MEETINGS WITH CAL-MAC COMMUNITY BOARD

Representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, met with Cal-Mac’s Community Board, Chair Mr Angus Campbell and Western Isles Board members, to discuss some of the pressing issues around ferry services changes, how they impact the Islands and how the views of residents influence that process.

Both the Comhairle and Western Isles Community Board members agreed, that priority for travel going forward, should focus on key workers, island residents and friends and family, living on and from the islands, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

A range of ferry travel issues were discussed, including foot passengers and booking arrangements, capacity for residents, health appointments, campervans, pet travel, and social distancing.

A further meeting being held this week which will include Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 2nd July 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 1st July 2020

PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS SERVICES

Phase 2 of public bus services, begins in the Western Isles today. Moving to Phase 2 provides increased services, but capacity remains significantly limited, to allow for physical distancing. During this time, travel at peak times is still to be discouraged, unless travelling to and from work.

The services currently being provided for key workers, is now integrated with the new services. In order to manage safe numbers, passengers wishing to use the Phase 2 public bus services, will be required to book a seat for the majority of services.

Timetables and contact details for local bus operators, are available on the Comhairle website. Face coverings are now compulsory, on any form of public transport and passengers will only be permitted, to travel on public transport if they are wearing appropriate face covering.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 1st July 2020