NHS Western Isles has been made aware this week that some local people have been contacted by telephone for information on their intake of nutritional supplements and for their bank details.
The phone calls are apparently being made by individuals claiming to be based at a local GP Practice, who claim they are doing health checks for senior citizens. They then ask the individual for their bank details.
The NHS is keen to stress to patients that these telephone calls are not being made by NHS staff, and that patients should not provide their bank details, when requested, over the telephone.
The timing of this scam is particularly unfortunate as the NHS Western Isles Nutrition and Dietetic Department is currently reviewing all patients on supplements, so some patients are being invited for a dietetic review.
We would like to stress that patients on supplements may be invited by the NHS to attend an appointment for review. However, if patients receive contact from anyone asking for bank details, they should ensure they do not provide any information.
If any patients are concerned, they should contact Trading standards on 01851 822 694.