WIND FARM AND COLLEGE STEP IN & PROVIDE PPE TO LOCAL NHS
Lews Castle College Staff and wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, have come together to produce PPE (personal protective equipment) for local NHS doctors and nurses.
The facilities at the Innovation Centre, Lews Castle College, sponsored by the community wind farm Point and Sandwick Trust, was used to make new visors to help protect frontline NHS staff from contracting coronavirus
New visor headbands and disposable face shields were delivered to the Western Isles Health Board earlier this week. A further delivery of 100 face shields is pledged, with manufacture ongoing at Lews Castle College Innovation Centre.
Read more: Isles FM News in associations with Hebrides News: Wednesday 22nd April 2020
ROUTINE IMMUNISATIONS CONTINUE DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Immunisation appointments for children and pregnant women are continuing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Scheduled immunisations are an important and legitimate medical reason to leave your house, and people who have an immunisation appointment should attend as planned. If an individual with an upcoming immunisation appointment - or a member of their household – is showing symptoms of COVID-19, then they must not attend, but should call the number on their invitation to rearrange the appointment.
Dr Gregor Smith, Interim Chief Medical Officer, said “We’re grateful to everyone for heeding our Stay Home Save Lives message during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NHS is still open, and the routine vaccination programme is an important way to protect you and your family’s health.
“It is important we continue to protect children and other vulnerable groups against serious vaccine-preventable diseases. Routine immunisations for children and pregnant women are a crucial way we can help keep people safe and healthy at this time.
Dr Maggie Watts, Director of Public Health for NHS Western Isles, said “We are encouraging all parents and guardians of children, and all pregnant women to attend their scheduled immunisation appointments at their GP practice. If you cannot attend because you or your family are showing symptoms of coronavirus, please call your GP practice to rearrange this appointment.”
Read more: Isles FM News: Tuesday 21st April 2020
CAMERON BACKS NFU SCOTLAND ON CHINESE LANTERNS
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is backing NFU Scotland’s condemnation of plans for a mass release of Chinese lanterns.
Mr Cameron said:
“My region, which encompasses thousands of acres of heather moorland, is very vulnerable to wildfires, particularly after a spell of dry weather like the one we are experiencing now.
“NFU Scotland are rightly concerned about the possible impact of a release of lanterns on agricultural land and buildings and the threat to animals, not to mention the pressure wildfires would put on our emergency services.
“There are much better ways of showing appreciation of our frontline services and I very much hope that anyone contemplating releasing a Chinese lantern will think again.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 20th April 2020