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Dementia friendly funding boost for Uist and Benbecula

The islands of Uist are to become dementia friendly thanks to £150,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust and £42,000 from the Robertson Trust.

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Some of the products recalled by MacSween of Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

MacSween recalls haggis products over ‘botulism fears’

A haggis company is recalling various products due to inadequate procedures to control bacteria that may cause serious food poisoning.

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Open Day to help islanders live more independently

Open Day to help islanders live more independently

An Assistive Technology Centre Open Day is being held on Friday 28th July from 1pm-4pm to promote the latest technologies to help local residents live more independently.

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The popular Teddy Bear's Picnic event was enjoyed by parents, babies and grandparents.

Excellent turnout for Teddy Bears’ Picnic

However local mums choose to feed their baby is their decision but it is so important that mums are able to access good quality breastfeeding support.

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Veronica Gordon, Midwife, and Paul Daly, member of Western Isles Maternity Services Liaison Committee, pictured with the special cot.

‘Cuddle cot’ offers solace to bereaved parents

A special cot which allows bereaved parents to spend precious time with their baby who has died has been gifted to the community midwifery service on Barra.

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Hope on horizon for NHS dental patients

Hope on horizon for NHS dental patients

The pain of new patients being unable to register for NHS dental treatment on the Isle of Lewis could be ending soon.

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Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

The secret to a long life might be three cups of coffee as a landmark study reveals it reduces the risk of death from all disease.

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National Breastfeeding Celebration Week

National Breastfeeding Celebration Week

National Celebration Week ran from 19th – 23rd June and NHS Western Isles joined the celebrations to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.

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100% OF NHS Western Isles A&E patients seen within four hours

100% OF NHS Western Isles A&E patients seen within four hours

The most recent data for NHS Scotland reveals that 100% of patients in NHS Western Isles’ emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours – beating the 95% target.

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MSP raises concerns over physiotherapy provision

MSP raises concerns over physiotherapy provision

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has expressed his concern at physiotherapy provision in the Western Isles, following representations made to him from concerned parents.

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Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

A major children’s charity has seen a huge rise in emotional abuse being reported over the past seven years – soaring by 427 per cent.

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Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Young adults are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever as those aged over 54, according to new research.

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Childsmile fun and games over the summer

Childsmile fun and games over the summer

Our ‘summer of smiles’ is about to take place in dental clinics all over the Western Isles as Childsmile returns to the Western Isles.

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Defibrillators in all Western Isles Schools

Defibrillators in all Western Isles Schools

All schools in the Outer Hebrides now have an outdoor defibrillator installed, Members of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services heard this week.At its meeting in June 2016 the Comhairle approved a grant payment to Lucky2BHere, a registered Scottish charity which has placed defibrillators and delivered Emergency Life Support (ELS) training in numerous areas throughout Scotland.

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Dentists are urging us to protect our teeth against gum disease.

Gum disease: why are many of us ignoring the warning signs?

New research reveals many people may be increasing their risk of developing advanced gum disease by ignoring blood in their spit when they brush.

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The Marybank site staff welcome the arrival of the new defibrillator.

Company installs life saving defibrillators across all its sites

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has installed defibrillators across all of its sites after a life-threatening situation was averted by quick-thinking teamwork.

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Ever wondered what actually happens when you go to get your breasts screened? Elaine C Smith goes behind the scenes and shows Scottish women that there really is nothing to be worried or embarrassed about.

Breast screening is coming to a site near you

If you’re a woman over 50, the combination of checking your breasts yourself and attending your regular breast screening appointments gives you the best chance of being diagnosed early - and surviving breast cancer.

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Rebekah and Cathie helping Mr Donald Macdonald cut the cake.

Renal Unit celebrates 10th anniversary

The Renal Unit at the Western Isles Hospital recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary since opening in May 2007.

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Action M.E leads the charge for better care in Scotland

Action M.E leads the charge for better care in Scotland

A new project which aims to raise awareness of the chronic illness ME among health professionals has been launched during ME Awareness Week.

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New cigarette laws come into force this month

What smokers need to know about the new cigarette laws

Smokers across the UK are being warned about new rules on cigarettes and tobacco that will come into force this month.

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