COVID -19 TESTING FOR CAREHOMES
Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, has secured an urgent meeting with a Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, in her continuous bid for a Covid-19 emergency protocol, for care homes.
The Highlands & Islands MSP has criticised Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, over the length of time, it has taken to respond to requests, for “a clear single protocol”, to be drawn up, to protect care home staff and residents from Covid-19 outbreaks.
MSP Rhoda Grant said: “I will ask the Cabinet Secretary to outline, exactly what scientific advice has changed, in that the government now accepts, the need to carry out regular staff testing in care homes.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - 20th May 2020
NHS COVID-19 SUPPORT INFO-SHEET
NHS Western Isles has produced a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheet. It is currently being made available throughout the Outer Hebrides, with the support of local community organisations and groups.
Whilst the majority of households have access to internet, social media, radio, newspapers and television. NHS Western Isles recognises, that there may be a number of individuals, who may not be able to access or receive information, for various reasons.
The NHS information sheet provides information on the common symptoms of COVID-19 and advice on what to do, if someone within a household has symptoms. There is a reminder, not to ignore warning signs of serious conditions, and that support is available for non-coronavirus health related concerns.
Information is included on how to access the local Community Support Hub and Helpline, which offers households access to support, for food shopping, or if they are experiencing any financial concerns.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 19th May 2020
SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE
Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms, across the country, including the Stornoway branch, now offer safe spaces for victims of Domestic Abuse. The safe spaces offer contact for specialist domestic abuse services, for support and advice.
The scheme, launched by Hestia, is a response to the desperate situation, facing many victims, who are isolating with perpetrators, during lockdown.
Chief Inspector Ian Graham, Western Isles Area Commander “We are aware that there is an increased risk of domestic abuse, as people observe isolation and social distancing guidance. We welcome this additional support for those affected.
Anyone at risk of abuse, can contact Police Scotland on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Or Scotland's Domestic Abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234. Or online at Safer.scot
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Monday 18th May 2020
SPEED UP BUSINESS SUPPORT
Many businesses across the Highlands and Islands, are still waiting to access the Government’s business support. The latest figures for the Western Isles, are one of the worst in Scotland, with 31.1% businesses waiting for support.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron commented
“Businesses are now months into this crisis and far too many of them, in this region, are still waiting for the support they need to survive. Small and medium-sized enterprises will be vital to our recovery, from any economic downturn. But if a significant portion across the Highlands and Islands, don’t get funding on time, it will be difficult for them to survive and save jobs.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Friday 15th May 2020