Local News for Monday 31st December 2018


A new animated short film has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D.
The animation provides viewers with an entertaining and informative story about Vitamin D; how it benefits our health and the ways in which we can obtain it.

The animation, developed by the Western Isles Maternal Infant and Nutrition (MIN) group.

Narrated by Dr Benjamin Jacobs, Consultant Paediatrician, the animation continues NHS Western Isles' efforts in promoting supplementation of Vitamin D, particularly for mums-to-be, babies and children across the Western Isles which is a priority of the MIN group.

Low Vitamin D levels are recognised as a particular issue for all pregnant and breastfeeding women, and infants and children under 5 years.
Lower levels can also be more common in adults aged 65 years and over, black or other darker-skinned minority ethnic or mixed race groups, and those with limited exposure to sunlight.

The animation, is available to view via the NHS Western Isles’ social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and its website and the Parenting Western Isles website www.parentingwi.scot.nhs.uk Or on vimeo at https://vimeo.com/296374851 



The region’s development agency is in line to have its 2019/20 budget slashed by £10.6million under Scottish Government proposals.
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said that the region needed a strong Highlands and Islands Enterprise in today’s fragile and shaky economic situation, especially with the backdrop of the Brexit fiasco.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda grant said: ‘Two years ago Labour campaigned to save HIE from a merger with Scottish Enterprise and won. Now it looks like the Scottish Government is diminishing it by stealth, imposing yearly cuts to its budget. HIE needs to maintain or increase its budget, in 2007/2008 HIE’s budget was £103million, now it’s £61.1million. You can’t tell me that this region needs less money to enhance economic development. The figures speak for themselves.’
The Scottish Government’s Budget Bill will be before Parliament in the New Year.


Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Road Safety campaigner, David Stewart warns drivers ‘don’t spoil New Year for yourself, your Family or anyone else by drinking and driving or by drug driving’

The consequences are stark: If you get caught you will get a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record for a lengthy period or a substantial fine, and that's before you start considering the significant social and employment consequences of your actions. Above all you are risking your own life and the lives of innocent road users and pedestrians.

When you are standing at the scene of a road traffic collision you caused and in which someone is seriously injured or killed – It is too late.
When you are sitting in the rear of a Police vehicle – It is too late.
When you are sitting in a Police cell – It is too late.
When you appear in Court – It is too late.
And when you have lost your job – It is too late.

Why risk it for the sake of a drink or drug?

In Scotland the legal drink drive limit is lower than any other part of the UK. Whilst driving in Scotland the drink drive limit for alcohol has been reduced from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

what is the safe amount of alcohol you can drink and drive within the limit? The answer is one word ‘None’