NHS Western Isles ‘of opinion’ corona-virus not circulating in island communities

Following the announcement yesterday (Tuesday) that a seventh case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Western Isles, the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles, Gordon Jamieson, has said that the health authority is “of the opinion” that corona-virus “is not actively circulating in our community”.

Mr Jamieson’s comments came in a video posted on NHSWI’s social media pages on Tuesday night, and in the video Mr Jamieson also confirmed that ‘Trace and Isolate’ procedures were underway.

The case was the first reported in the Western Isles since early April, and in a statement issued on Tuesday, NHSWI confirmed that the individual was well and was isolating at home on the Isle of Lewis.

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NHS Western Isles confirmed last week that the new online form for ‘Test and Protect’ is now live.

The online booking form is available from the NHS Western Isles Coronavirus website at: https://www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot/ ‘Public & Carers’, ‘Facts & Support’, ‘COVID-19 Testing’

For Western Isles residents who develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection, as well as this new form there is also a local phoneline (01851 601 151) to help them book a test.

The phoneline will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available outwith those hours.

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