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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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Ferry tasty – CalMac’s onboard cafeterias add new items to menus

Ferry tasty – CalMac’s onboard cafeterias add new items to menus

It’s enough to get the taste buds a-tingling, as CalMac introduces the likes of cullen skink pie, smoked salmon bagels and vegetarian haggis nachos to its ever popular menu.

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Widower’s complaint upheld by Ombudsman

Widower’s complaint upheld by Ombudsman

A grieving widower has welcomed news that an apology from NHS Western Isles is coming more than two years after the death of his wife.

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Smartphone could make injections a thing of the past for some diabetes sufferers

Smartphone could make injections a thing of the past for some diabetes sufferers

A smartphone app that does away with the misery of daily injections for diabetics could be on the horizon.

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Michelle Cameron, Staff Nurse at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh and Frances Robertson, Senior Charge Nurse at Western Isles Hospitals Surgical Ward, who is pictured at the Dementia Champions Graduation Ceremony.

Local nurses Frances and Michelle graduate as Dementia Champions

NHS Western Isles has announced that Frances Robertson, Senior Charge Nurse at Western Isles Hospital’s Surgical Ward, and Michelle Cameron, Staff Nurse at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh, as its latest successful graduates for Cohort 7 Dementia Champions.

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The Health Lottery is coming to your local area!

The Health Lottery will be raising money for good causes in the North of Scotland during the week beginning Sunday, April 23 – and it needs your support.

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Mark McDonald, Mona and Magnus with dad Patrick and Leanne Young pictured helping design a baby box.

Boxes help raise awareness

Scotland’s Baby Box scheme is helping to raise awareness of safe sleeping practices, according to early evaluation findings.

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Hospital requires further improvements reports Inspectorate

Hospital requires further improvements reports Inspectorate

An unannounced follow-up visit at Uist and Barra Hospital has taken place by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI).

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The Islands dental health service is coming under increasing scrutiny.

NHS Dentist group say issue to go to MSPs

Margaret Murray of the Campaign for NHS Dentistry in the Isles (CNDI), has responded to last week’s Stornoway Gazette story on the ongoing issues between the campaign group and the Western Isles Health Board.

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MSP Rhoda Grant takes up constituents concerns about dentistry in the region.

Labour MSP raises dental concerns

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant has said this week that she is fighting for constituents who wish to have a normal dental service on the Western Isles following growing concern about dentistry in the region.

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The dental centre in Stornoway.

‘We didn’t produce or claim a figure of 80 per cent’ – NHSWI

NHS Western Isles have denied claims they massaged or distorted statistics to claim a higher total of island residents are registered with an NHS dentist.

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Fears raised as patient travel precedent set

Fears raised as patient travel precedent set

Fears over the future of patient travel from the Scottish Islands to the mainland were raised this week.

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Point and Sandwick Trust chair Angus McCormack, right, with Del Gunn, Western Isles Association for Mental Health manager, and Cathy MacArthur, WIAMH chair.

Windfarm charity support Mental Health

The Western Isles Association for Mental Health (WIAMH) have received £2,500 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

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Range of failings at dental clinic in Lochboisdale forces closure

Failings have been identified during a recent audit at Lochboisdale Dental Clinic by NHS Western Isles Infection Prevention and Control Team.

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Cabinet Secretary for Health listens to the questions from our readers. Picture: Greg Macvean

Striking a healthy balance

Bolstering primary care, discharging hospital patients swiftly, and efficiently delegating work away from GPs are among the priorities to transform the health service in Scotland, according to the country’s health minister.

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Health secretary Shona Robison announced extra funding for Scots GPs

Where next for the NHS in Scotland?

Last month, a team of Johnston Press reporters picked their way through 44 area plans which could bring about the biggest shake-up in healthcare in England for a generation.

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