Local News for Monday 6th August 2018

‘Stormy Seas’ Over Lifeline Ferry Services.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant who has been fighting on behalf of the Communities and Businesses of the Western and Argyll Isles to get the Scottish Government and its fully owned companies, Calmac and CMAL, to provide the lifeline service that it is supposed to be providing.
Rhoda Grant MSP said, " I warned of a Summer of Discontent and now it is here. We have seen a complete disregard for the communities of the Western Isles and a fudging of the term lifeline service.

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Local News for Friday 3rd August 2018

Positive Review of Services for Older People
A Care Inspectorate progress review of services for older people in the Western Isles, undertaken in May 2018, indicated that the partnership had delivered “an impressive amount of improvement” since the inspection team last visited in 2015. In particular, the report highlights the benefits of a modernised homecare service, the introduction of a more coordinated approach to managing discharge from hospital and more robust community engagement structures.
The original joint inspection (in June 2015) had identified some strengths in the delivery of services for older people in the Western Isles but had also identified a number of weaknesses and twelve recommendations for improvement were made. Following the inspection, the partnership drew up a detailed action plan to deliver the required improvements and has subsequently monitored its implementation.

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Local News for Thursday 2nd August 2018

Significant changes are taking place at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis as refurbishment continues to make good progress and is nearing the half way stage.
Cllr John Mackay said "I am delighted to see the renovations at the Comunn Eachdraidh making good progress. Credit for getting matters to this stage must go to the management committee and all staff for having the vision and drive to bring this forward. The volunteer effort that allows the Comunn Eachdraidh to go from strength to strength is truly incredible".
The front extensions have slowly disappeared over the recent weeks and steelwork has appeared to form the new face of the building. The defibrillator that was located at the former front entrance has now been relocated to the side of the Croileagan building. New signage is appearing around the site to encourage the public to continue to visit Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and make use of the ever popular gift shop, cafe and archive room. Access is now through the rear of the site and the public are requested to be aware when approaching the premises and especially when driving to the interim main entrance at the rear of the cafe.

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Local News for Wednesday 1st August 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has invited the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles to a roundtable event to discuss the Health Board’s system of approving NHS-funded patient escorts.
Patients travelling off-island for treatment to mainland hospitals will, in many cases, require an escort to accompany them. In March NHS Western Isles announced a new system for approving requests for NHS-funded escorts, with the Health Board’s Medical Director now making the decision where this had previously been the responsibility of the patient’s GP. While there were no changes made to the criteria for approving escorts or to the Patient Travel Policy, it appears the criteria are now being much more strictly enforced. This has resulted in the local MSP taking up a number of cases of constituents who had requests for escorts refused.

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Local News for Tuesday 21st July 2018

Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group 10th anniversary
Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group or HMCSG, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The support group based at Lewis retirement in Stornoway operates to provide relief and sociable gatherings to its members who meet each Friday at 2pm. All the members have been affected by Cancer in some way in their lifetime.
The HMCSG also supports each new cancer diagnosis in the Islands, supplying a welcome pack containing introductory leaflets about the HMCSG, and information about the benefits available from Macmillan Cancer Support. Men newly-diagnosed with cancer also receive a cheque for a sum of money by way of practical help to the sufferer and their family who may have a sudden increase in expenses upon confirmation of a serious illness. HMCSG sends 90 plus packs to newly diagnosed men on the Western Isles each year
Chairman of the HMCSG is the well-known and respected Angus McCormack who said: “We are a very active and vibrant group with a regular turnout of over 30, which is unusual for men as you would usually associate that with a football match or something.”

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