Local News for Wednesday 12th December 2018
SMILES AS NO MORE WAITING LIST TO SEE A DENTIST
Lewis and Harris residents young and old are smiling bright as NHS Wester Isles (NHSWI) Dental Centre announces the end of its patient registration waiting list.
NHSWI Dental Service Director Colin Robertson said: ‘The hard work isn’t over, but NHSWI is now able to say with confidence ‘normal service is resumed’ in Lewis and Harris. The closure of Bayhead Dental Practice in 2014 left around 3,500 Lewis residents without a registered dentist’.
The Public Dental Service had suffered from retirements and dentists leaving the islands but now Stornoway has a new high street dentist with ‘Castleview Dental Practice’ moving into their Cromwell Street clinic, which will be the first new practice to open here in 30 years.
This co-operation between the Health Board and Castleview means that more than 5,000 patients now have a registered dentist again.
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Local News for Tuesday 11th December 2018
‘STEVE’ WINS HEBRIDEAN DARK SKIES COMPETITION
A photo of a mysterious phenomenon known as Steve – which stands for ‘Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement’ has won the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival photography competition and listeners can see the winning photo on the Isles FM Facebook news page today.
The picture, titled 'Meet Steve', by Berneray photographer Casey McIntyre, captures the rare phenomenon that can be seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
The photo will appear on the cover of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival print programme, available this week, and will also be included in an exhibition at An Lanntair that will run throughout the festival in February 2019.
The festival programme can be viewed online now at www.lanntair.com/darkskies.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, created and led by An Lanntair, will take place on the Isle of Lewis from 8-21 February next year.
Speakers will include Chris Lintott from BBC's The Sky at Night, science presenter Heather Couper and Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John Brown.
There will be live music performances and film screenings including The Rocket Post and the silent movie Wunder Der Schöpfung
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