Local News for Monday 7th May 2018

Work to start on island roads
Temporary disruption on island roads is expected from today, as the annual surface dressing programme begins in North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist. Work there is expected to continue for about two weeks before operations move to Harris for one week, then Lewis for three to four weeks. All works are weather-dependant, and drivers are advised to expect delays and to take note of warning signs and traffic management. The Comhairle apologizes in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Opportunities for nurses
An open day for would-be nurses is to be held in Stornoway tomorrow, ahead of International Nurses Day on Saturday 12th May. NHS Western Isles and the University of the Highlands and Islands are highlighting the opportunities available to those considering a career in nursing. Training and employment is available around the Highlands and Islands region, with UHI offering BSc nursing programmes in Inverness and Stornoway and NHS health boards offering a range of career paths to choose from. Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of NHS Western Isles, said: "I became a nurse over 40 years ago and can say that there is no job more satisfying than being able to support, help and care for other fellow human beings. Nursing offers such a wide range of choice and location in terms of practice opportunities and, here in the islands of Scotland, you can also enjoy a unique and fulfilling lifestyle." Open days for information about courses and employment opportunities will be held at Western Isles Hospital on Tuesday 8th, Monday 14th, Thursday 17th, Monday 21st and Thursday 24th May.