Local News for Wednesday 9th January 2018


Western Isles Hospital welcomed the first new arrivals of 2019 on Friday, January 4th, as Baby Andrew and Baby Smith entered safely into the world.
The first new arrival of 2019 at Western Isles Hospital was Baby Andrew, born at 9.45am and weighing 5lbs 15oz, to proud parents Vicki MacDonald and Stephen Tanner.

Big brother Leon, Mum, Dad, and Baby Andrew are now looking forward to returning to their home in the Uists following a Christmas and New Year in Stornoway.

And Baby Andrew was soon followed by the arrival of Baby Smith on Friday, January 4th, who arrived at 2.47pm, weighing 6lbs 13oz.

The third child of Helen and Murdo Smith, Baby Smith joins his family of two big sisters, Isla (5) and Eilidh (8), in their home in Stornoway.


Don’t let your new start to the New Year be floored by flu as free flu vaccinations are still available for those at-risk until March 31st.

One island resident said:
‘As a carer I didn’t think I needed to get immunised as I don’t have any underlying health conditions.

‘When I did catch the flu it hit me completely out of the blue as I was sitting on the couch on Sunday night. I got much worse over the next few days - I felt like I had been hit by a bus!

she continued. ‘I managed to make it to the GP surgery where I got put on oxygen and taken to hospital in an ambulance. I was initially in HDU and then in for the next five days getting antibiotics and Tamiflu.

‘I was off work for six weeks as was shattered afterwards. It turned out it was Influenza B, so an ordinary strain of flu that if I had been immunised, I wouldn’t have caught.’

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts, said:
‘It only takes a few minutes to get immunised against flu. Flu can cause severe health complications and the best way to protect yourself and help prevent spread of the virus is to get vaccinated.’

Check your eligibility for a free flu vaccination online at www.readyforflu.scot or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.


Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has launched a nationwide search for green fingered pupils from across Scotland to participate in the fourth annual Pocket Garden Competition - which challenges pupils to create a garden design which could feature as part of a major display at Gardening Scotland this summer.
The participants this year will be asked to consider a range of themes in their entries, including gardens that can withstand drought and flooding or that would thrive in coastal or wetland locations.
Eve Keepax, of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“Schools are invited to submit their entries no later than 8th February 2019. There will be a team of mentors on hand for schools that would like some advice on designing and/or growing their Pocket Gardens. The winning schools will be selected by representatives from Keep Scotland Beautiful, and the Garden for Life Forum. All of the winning entries will be created to form the main feature of the Living Garden area at Gardening Scotland, which will take place in June 2019.
Further information on entries and the requirements can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pocketgarden