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Islanders may soon be able to use sports pass in Inverness

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee have agreed to finalise reciprocal arrangements for access to sports facilities with the Highlands and Islands Regional Sports Partnership.

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Alex Dan's siblings, pictured on May 28th  at the family home in Breasclete, on the 50th anniversary of his death. They are, from left to right: Margaret Campbell, Norman Smith, Mary Ann Spence, Chirsty Mairi Macleod, John Smith, Catherine Macleod, Kenny Smith and Dolina Monaghan.

Call for no delay to opt-out on organ donation

The family of Alex Dan Smith, who underwent the first lung transplant in Europe 50 years ago in a bid to save his life after accidental poisoning have called for opt-out organ donation to be brought into effect as a matter of urgency.

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A bright, happy young lad Alex Dan was ripped away from his family too soon due to the neglect of a local store not correctly labelling and selling weed-killer.

Heartbreak of loss added to medical knowledge

The miracles of modern medicine are myriad, so much so, that we have almost forgotten how blessed we are to live in these modern times with the benefits of surgical techniques, medicines and leaps in nursing care developed over the last century.

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Closure of Islands only dementia ward

Closure of Islands only dementia ward

Confirmation that NHS Western Isles are to close the Clisham Ward at Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway has been blasted by a family member of a long time patient in the ward – which is the only dementia ward in the region.

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Conservative MSP Donald Cameron has suggested a treatment of better long term planning to combat cancelled operations.

Examining cancelled operations

The health of the NHS locally and nationwide has been examined this week by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron, who revealed statistics showing that almost one third of all operations in the Isles last year, were cancelled due to “capacity issues”.

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The Stroke Association provides support and information to stroke survivors and their families.

Stroke survivors falling through the gaps in care

Stroke survivors’ chances of making the best recovery is being put at significant risk due to insufficient data on the availability of rehabilitation therapy after stroke.

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Eating healthy foods could help reduce your risk of cancer.

Reduce your risk of cancer – and watch for signs and symptoms

Many people think that cancer is due to chance, fate or just bad luck. But there is now convincing evidence that around 40 per cent of cancers can be prevented if our lifestyles were to change for the better.

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A full business case for the replacement of St Brendan's will now be prepared.

Milestone passed for new Barra hospital

For the last decade the facilities at St Brendan’s Hospital on Barra have been recognised as unfit for purpose.

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Business card...has been created as part of FEAT's upcoming fifth anniversary in May, highlighting the sepsis warning signs people should be aware of.

Video: Sepsis - 20 second-long video could save your life

It’s almost five years since the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust was founded and the Scottish charity has had many successes in that short period of time.

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One of the organisations supporting the campaign is St John Scotland, which also provides CPR training to groups across the country. Volunteer Andrew Robertson is pictured delivering a training session.

Would you know how to save someone who has a cardiac arrest?

Every week in Scotland 70 people will have a sudden unexpected cardiac arrest. That’s a little more than the number of people on a full double decker bus.

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Clinical decision on patient escorts

Clinical decision on patient escorts

The cost of travelling to the mainland to access health care and treatment is a concern for every islander.

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Fiona Davies, who underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation in May 2017, is supporting the Scottish Government campaign to encourage more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Transplant recipient urges everyone to join Organ Donor Register

A woman who received a life-saving kidney transplant in May 2017 has backed a campaign to increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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Concern about dental health care in Islands

Concern about dental health care in Islands

The Western Isles Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has given its full support for the three-site option for delivering dental services across Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay.

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Alzheimer's Research UK's new Edinburgh fundraising group are planning a charity quiz night

Mighty effort for new charity group

A group of passionate volunteers whose lives have been touched by dementia have launched a fundraising group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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Isabell MacInnes, NHS Western Isles Health Protection and Screening Nurse Specialist.

Isles nurse awarded prestigious travelling fellowship

NHS Western Isles Health Protection and Screening Nurse Specialist, Isabell MacInnes, has been announced as one of just 150 recipients of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for 2018.

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Smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day 2018

Smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day 2018

Smokers in the Outer Hebrides are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 14th March.

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Health staff put their best foot forward and win recognition

Health staff put their best foot forward and win recognition

NHS Western Isles’ Walk 500 Miles step count challenge has won the Healthy Staff Award at the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN) #WeCanICan Conference in Edinburgh on February 5th.

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MSP urges authorities to reject dental hub model

MSP urges authorities to reject dental hub model

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has written to the Chief Executives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles, urging them to respect the “overwhelming and seemingly unanimous view” of people in Uist that plans for a single dental hub should be abandoned.

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Corinne Hutton during her fight for life after contracting sepsis '  an illness that kills more people than breast and prostate cancers combined.

Sepsis didn’t claim Corinne’s life – but she lost her hands and legs

When Corinne Hutton’s cough hadn’t cleared after a couple of weeks, she’d had enough, so she went to see her GP.

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The physio team.

New form launched for Physiotherapy Self Referral

A new physiotherapy self referral form has been launched by NHS Western Isles.

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