New vein finding equipment

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Councillor Iain Morrison from Barvas has been fundraising with the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group (HMCSG) to enable the purchase of Accuvein equipment to help healthcare professionals find patients’ veins.

Iain first became aware of the Accuvein whilst as a patient in Aberdeen. He has benefited from its use meaning fewer bruises.

He said: “Everyone has difficulty finding my veins when wanting blood samples, or to put a drip in. When someone used the Accuvein to find a good vein, it was amazing. That experience made me want to help others who have the same problem as me.”

The first Accuvein bought through the fundraising was delivered to the Western Isles Hospital’s Day Hospital last week for use with the chemotherapy service.

The second will be kept by the Westside Community Nurse Team and based in Borve Medical Practice.

Iain hopes that local fundraising will allow one to be kept by each of the Community Nursing Teams throughout the Western Isles: Eastside Team based in the Health Centre, South Team based in Leurbost and Tarbert and the Uists Team based in Balivanich.

He is therefore hoping to raise enough to purchase at least another four.

The Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group are driving the effort to fund the purchases, with each Accuvein costing over £3,000.

NHS Western Isles’ Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “I am very grateful to Councillor Morrison who has recognised the very positive difference this will make to the experience of patients in our community. Thanks also to our community, and the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group.”

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort you can contribute at the Clydesdale Bank in Stornoway by asking to make a deposit into the HMCSG’s account, or by going to the website www.hebmenscancer.com click on ‘to donate’ and then use the Paypal button.

Please make it clear with your donation that it is for the Accuvein purchases.

Pictured with Iain and the Accuvein equipment are: Angus McCormack (Chairman of HMCSG), Violet Morrison, Angela Maclennan, Peigi Mairi Murray. Front: Gill Chadwick, Iain Morrison, Annette Morrison (Iain’s wife) and Donna Parkes.