Local News for Wednesday 12th December 2018


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.


A website for Gaelic teachers to share resources has been created by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig.
Material can be uploaded and downloaded via the website – www.storlann.co.uk/seo-sibh

The website is aimed at saving teacher time and effort through the sharing of resources. All resources that are uploaded will be quality assured by Stòrlann staff for vocabulary, grammar and good design, before being made available for download.

Teachers are encouraged to contribute towards building a bank of material that can be accessed by colleagues across the country.
Teachers who submit their resources will be clearly credited for the work, although they can also opt to be anonymous.

Neil Smith, Head of Development Services for Stòrlann, said ‘the site had been created to meet a need and respond to teacher feedback and added: We want to encourage people to use the sharing site and share their work with others to help each other out.’


Following the successful launch of the Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme in March 2018, up to 8 Elite athletes from the Outer Hebrides are again set to benefit from the continuation of the pilot scheme designed to support travel costs in the islands.

The aim of this scheme is to help the elite athletes of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to gain better access to competitive and developmental opportunities available on the mainland.

Eight individuals could benefit in the Outer Hebrides with £1,500 available per person this year.

Councillor Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee said: “The Athlete Travel Award Scheme has been a fantastic addition to the support the Comhairle is able to provide our elite athletes.’

Application forms are available now from the CNES website. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15th February.

To find out more about the scheme contact the Community Sports Hub Officer for your area: -
Kevin Morrison (Uist & Barra) – tel: 01870 603693; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Euan Macleod (Lewis & Harris) – tel: 01851 822800; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.