Local News for Wednesday 1st August 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has invited the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles to a roundtable event to discuss the Health Board’s system of approving NHS-funded patient escorts.
Patients travelling off-island for treatment to mainland hospitals will, in many cases, require an escort to accompany them. In March NHS Western Isles announced a new system for approving requests for NHS-funded escorts, with the Health Board’s Medical Director now making the decision where this had previously been the responsibility of the patient’s GP. While there were no changes made to the criteria for approving escorts or to the Patient Travel Policy, it appears the criteria are now being much more strictly enforced. This has resulted in the local MSP taking up a number of cases of constituents who had requests for escorts refused.

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Local News for Tuesday 21st July 2018

Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group 10th anniversary
Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group or HMCSG, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The support group based at Lewis retirement in Stornoway operates to provide relief and sociable gatherings to its members who meet each Friday at 2pm. All the members have been affected by Cancer in some way in their lifetime.
The HMCSG also supports each new cancer diagnosis in the Islands, supplying a welcome pack containing introductory leaflets about the HMCSG, and information about the benefits available from Macmillan Cancer Support. Men newly-diagnosed with cancer also receive a cheque for a sum of money by way of practical help to the sufferer and their family who may have a sudden increase in expenses upon confirmation of a serious illness. HMCSG sends 90 plus packs to newly diagnosed men on the Western Isles each year
Chairman of the HMCSG is the well-known and respected Angus McCormack who said: “We are a very active and vibrant group with a regular turnout of over 30, which is unusual for men as you would usually associate that with a football match or something.”

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Local News for Friday 27th July 2018

The Annual Westside Show takes place today Friday, 27th July at their new venue, with the gates opening at 12pm and the Show scheduled to start at 1pm. Volunteers are URGENTLY required for the Event.

Inclement weather has impacted the show in recent years and this year the Committee undertook to make good a large area of ground beside the Barvas Community Hall to enable them to reduce the impact of inclement weather in the future.

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Local News for Thursday 26th July 2018

The culture minister has led a chorus of praise for the record-breaking Hebridean Celtic Festival which ended at the weekend after its most successful year.
Fiona Hylsop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “HebCelt is a marvellous example of how a well-organised event, supported by its community, can be an international success economically, culturally and socially. It is not only a great success story for Stornoway and the Hebrides, but also for Scotland, as it promotes our wonderful traditional music and culture across the world.”
Festival director Caroline MacLennan said: ‘This year’s festival has been an amazing experience and the most successful in our 23-year history’.

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Local News for 25th July 2018

Eighteen drivers will be reported for offences relating to driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Highlands and Islands during a recent safety campaign.
Detections were made across the region during the national summer initiative, which ran from Friday, June 29 until Friday, July 13.
During the weekend immediately after this - from Saturday, July 14 until early hours of Monday, July 16 - a further six drivers were stopped with reports to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink or drug driving.
Of the 18 detections during the period of the campaign, 15 were in relation to drink driving and three alleged drug driving. A total of 281 negative breath tests were also recorded during the campaign period.

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