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Call to women to look after their health

NHS Western Isles is encouraging women across the Western Isles to reduce their risk of cervical cancer by attending a cervical screening test.

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Land between Goathill Farm and Sand Street has been identified for the new care complex.

Growing to meet the Lewis care demand

A new project which is set to transform residential care services in Lewis has taken a step forward this week.

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Reduced visiting hours introduced at Western Isles Hospital

Reduced visiting hours introduced at Western Isles Hospital

As a result of a high level of respiratory illness within Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, including confirmed cases of Influenza A, NHS Western Isles has taken the decision to temporarily restrict visiting hours in the hospital.

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Happy Birthday to the NHS

Happy Birthday to the NHS

2018 sees the 70th anniversary of the NHS in Scotland, with a number of significant milestones and records marking the occasion.

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Ambulance figures are not adding up says MSP

Ambulance figures are not adding up says MSP

An MSP has been left confused by a Freedom of Information reply from ambulance chiefs which shows more accident and emergency vehicles at Scottish stations than are actually in operation.

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Ann Macleod and Uisdean Russell Smith, of Sp�rsnis, enjoying a cycle on the borrowed Voluntary Action Lewis bike   similar to the one currently on its way to Ness.

Helping hand from Trust to get active

An island community land trust has funded free gym membership for the over-65s and a companion tandem bike for people with additional needs in order to break down the barriers that prevent people accessing sport and recreation.

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Good standards noted in Isles’ hospital theatre

Good standards noted in Isles’ hospital theatre

The latest Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) Inspection Report has praisef the Western Isles Hospital Theatre Department for a good standard of cleanliness throughout.

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Justice Secretary Michael Matheson launches the Festive Drink Drive campaign with Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone. 



Picture by Chris James.

Festive drink driving campaign warns ‘just one’ drink is one too many

Drivers in Scotland are being reminded that there is zero tolerance for ‘just one’ drink before driving.

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Urgent meeting request over Island dental service

Urgent meeting request over Island dental service

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has requested a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison, to discuss the delivery of dental services on South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist ahead of the closure of the consultation on the future of the local services.

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The latest unit can be accessed at the Cabarfeidh Hotel

100th defibrillator for the Islands

A collaboration between the local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and the charity Lucky2bhere has made the Western Isles one of the best protected communities in the UK in terms of life-saving training and equipment per head.

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Garry Sherriff, Cambric Systems, and Karen France, NHS Western Isles Nutrition & Dietetics Manager, being presented with the award for Best App for Clinicians by Adrian Byrne, Director of Informatics, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Prestigious award for NHS team

NHS Western Isles has won a prestigious award at the national EHI Live 2017 event for their innovative work on the Morse app.

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Armed with file after file of paperwork and evidence Danny had to fight a war of attrition over care costs which took him eight long years.

Blindsided by the huge costs of care

A spider’s web of costs, means testing and rules in regards to care for the elderly is one which many of us will have to face at some point.

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Increase in smoking quitters reported

Increase in smoking quitters reported

The Western Isles are delighted to report that they have had the highest percentage increase in the number of supported smoking quit attempts between 2015/16 and 2016/17.

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Medal ceremony for ambulance staff

Medal ceremony for ambulance staff

At a recent ceremony held in Stornoway Town Hall Scottish Ambulance (SAS) staff received their 10year and 20 year pins with some staff receiving their long service good conduct medals.

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Is your job hazardous to your health?

Is your job hazardous to your health?

Sitting down at work is often blamed for poor health, but office workers are less likely to die early than a builder, according to a new study.

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Automated service for Stornoway surgery appointments

Automated service for Stornoway surgery appointments

An automated telephone service to book appointments outwith opening hours has been introduced at Stornoway surgery based at Springfield Road, Stornoway.

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Giant Inflatable Colon comes to Western Isles

Giant Inflatable Colon comes to Western Isles

NHS Western Isles are planning bowel screening promotion throughout the Western Isles in November.

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MSP raises concerns on Uist dental hub consultation

MSP raises concerns on Uist dental hub consultation

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has written to Dr Ron Culley, Chief Officer of the Western Isles Integrated Joint Board, to outline local concerns regarding the current consultation on proposed changes to dental services in Uist.

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See Me is encouraging us all to talk about our mental health.

Call to start conversations on World Mental Health Day

Mental health is part of everyone’s day to day life, it affects all of us and we all need to talk about it – starting on World Mental Health Day.

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