Local News for Wednesday 9th January 2018
FIRST BABIES OF 2019 AT WESTERN ISLES HOSPITAL
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.
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Local News for Tuesday 8th January 2018
SHESHADER DEFIBRILLATOR VOLUNTEERS ON STANDBY
Sheshader might just be the best village in the Isle of Lewis in which to have a heart attack. For not only does the Point village have its own defibrillator – it also has a telephone hotline for summoning the defibrillator and a neighbour who can use it.
Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) donated around half the total cost of the system with a donation of £885 to Sheshader Amenities Association.
Now, Using the special number – 01851 808404 – anyone in Sheshader can make an alarm call and summon the defibrillator to be brought by one of the 10 volunteers who knows how to use it.
Mike Shailes, chair of the Sheshader Amenities Assocation said: ‘The call automatically goes through to all 10 and the first to respond will collect the defibrillator and take it to the casualty.
Mike explained how potentially life-saving this intervention could be.
‘Within eight minutes, it would save the lives of 15 out of 100 people who collapse out of cardiac arrest. It’s not a definite, that if you have a cardiac arrest and somebody gets to you and applies the defibrillator, that you’ll suddenly jump up… but you might do.’
Mike said: “PST gave us half the money. It was fantastically helpful. It takes the pressure off, when you are looking to fund something.”
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 8th January 2018