VIRTUAL HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENTS
NHS Western Isles continues to provide support for patients in isolation. Over 160 virtual healthcare appointments, have been delivered in the Western Isles during the last 2 weeks.
All GP Practices, hospitals and other care settings across Scotland, have been asked to increase the use of remote consultations, by telephone or video, through the initiative called Near Me.
NHS Western Isles had already successfully used this service effectively, for several years. But has now successfully expanded its use to all specialties, including GP Practices across the Western Isles, and local opticians.
A spokesperson said:
“Patient feedback has been extremely positive across the board, as the service is easy to use and enables people to continue to access healthcare services, remotely from the comfort of their own homes. The friendly virtual reception service, has supported callers and ensured they were in the right Virtual Waiting Room, for their appointment.
“NHS Western Isles due to the Near Me Initiative, has enabled patients to speak to our medical staff, during 163 virtual appointments, totalling 37 hours of consultation time, across nine of our Health Care services departments”.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Wednesday 15th APRIL 2020
Exercise and Outdoor Access Code
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has called on people to stay at home and not travel within the Western Isles, unless their journey is absolutely necessary.
Unnecessary Travel not only risks spreading Covid-19, but puts an unnecessary burden, on local healthcare providers and essential services.
The right of access does continue to apply and exercise remains, an important part of physical and mental wellbeing during the current crisis.
The Scottish Government have stressed that during the current emergency, everyone should: Stay in their local area and should not travel by car to take exercise. Paths, open spaces and quiet roads in the home area should be used.
A distance of at least 2 metres from other people should be maintained. Busy times on popular paths should be avoided
The health and safety of crofters, and others working the land should be respected. Reasonable requests and signs should be followed, Avoiding in particular areas such as farmyards, fields with pregnant ewes or young livestock, and other busy working areas.
Dogs should be kept under control on a lead and they should not be allowed to approach other people or livestock
Members of the public continuing to strictly abide by these measures, will protect the NHS and save lives.
Read more: Isles FM News: Tuesday 14th April 2020
CARTRIDGES FOR ISLES COVID-19 TESTING
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil, has written to the Health Secretary and the Scottish Government’s Director of Covid-19 testing, to get testing in the islands, up and running.
Angus MacNeil MP commented:
"All praise to NHS Western Isles who have done everything they needed to do to be ready for testing, including getting equipment in place and training staff. However, due to the lack of cartridges, tests require to be sent to Glasgow.
“What is required now is cartridges which hold the reagents to allow tests to be carried out at NHS Western Isles. This could be a vital window to get testing up and running in the islands, if we hope to replicate the amazing success of the Faroe Islands in staving off the effects of Covid-19. This was achieved by testing and tracing those who have been in contact with those who had the virus.”
Read more: Isles FM News: Monday 13th April 2020
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have continued to address, general Council responsibilities, and held online discussions, with other local agencies, during the Covid-19 crisis
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Roddie Mackay said “Our resources and capacity are largely devoted to three key objectives, in relation to COVID-19.They are:
Keeping statutory and support services, operating to the highest level possible.
Keeping clients, customers, employees and members safe.
And providing community leadership, information and external advocacy,
As a key part of the ongoing work plan, the council are also considering preparations for the recovery phase, post COVID-19”.
Read more: Isles FM News: Friday 10th April 2020