Local News for Tuesday 16th May 2017
Council chiefs to be chosen today
Leading posts in the new Western Isles Council will be decided from today, as the full Comhairle and some of its committees meet for the first time since the Local Authority Elections on May 4th. The SNP group of seven councillors has proposed forming an administration, with ambitions to see their members in the roles of Convenor - formerly held by Cllr Norman ‘Dokus’ Macdonald – and council Leader, the position vacated when Angus Campbell stepped down at the election. Today will see those posts voted on by the 31 councillors, who include 15 new faces. The full Comhairle meeting will be followed by four committee meetings, with chairs and vice-chairs of each committee to be appointed. Tomorrow sees a further meeting of the full council and two more committees.
Sgoil an Rubha in Edinburgh
Five pupils from Sgoil an Rubha (Point School) were in Edinburgh yesterday at the national Scottish finals of the annual Euroquiz. Together with teacher Ellis Macleod and parent helper Graham Cay, the five made the trip to the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. Fraser Cay, Beth Wordie, Isla Ross, Gabi Mackay and Erin Macphail are the third team from Sgoil an Rubha to represent the Western Isles, after beating all other schools in the islands for three consecutive years. They were among 31 schools competing yesterday with questions covering the languages, culture and history of European countries.
Breast screening goes on the road
The NHS Breast Screening unit is about to go on the road, after several months in Stornoway. Women over 50 are being encouraged to take up the opportunity of attending regular screening, which has been offered to every eligible woman in the Western Isles. The bus leaves Stornoway after final appointments tomorrow, and will be in the Harris Inn car park from 18th May until 30thMay, before going on to the Uist & Barra Hospital car park between 12th June and 14th July and finally to Castlebay Pier car park in Barra from 5th June until 8th June. NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts said: "Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Western Isles women, but it's also very treatable when caught early. Taking up your breast screening appointment is important and the appointment takes only a few minutes."
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Local News for Monday 15th May 2017
‘Business as usual’ in Isles health services
The international crisis of computer software which affected NHS Western Isles, along with hundreds of other organisations nationwide, will not have any effect on patient services today, a spokesman has said. Services at Western Isles Hospital and with GP practices through the islands will be operating as usual today, and it’s not anticipated that there will be any changes to clinics or appointments. The malicious software, which locked down computers in 12 out of 14 Scottish health boards, has been isolated, according to Scottish health secretary Shona Robison. An NHS Western Isles spokesman said: “The only problem we experienced was in transferring x-rays images to other hospitals, but this did not affect the delivery of our services here. Everything is running as we would expect and it will be business as usual on Monday.”
Read more: Local News for Monday 15th May 2017