Come and explore your local COVID-19 website is the message from NHS Western Isles.

The local Health Board yesterday (Thursday April 16) launched its new dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) support website for those living and working within the Outer Hebrides at www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot

Thanks to Alanna Macneil from Barra for her colourful STAY SAFE poster

Aimed as a one-stop gateway for the local community, the new site features a streamlined, modern design, and offers easy access to essential and accurate information on COVID-19.

Providing links to the latest guidance from NHS Inform, Scottish and UK Government, the site also offers local information on support and services.  This includes the Near Me virtual appointment system, maternity services, dental health, patient travel and virtual visiting.

A list of commonly asked questions and answers is featured, as well as information on pregnancy and child immunisations, to even how to care for your hands.  Also included are the local film updates provided by Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive.

Staff guidance has been included to help staff cope with issues and concerns that they may experience. 

A section to help cope with isolation is also there, offering a range of support, tools and tips to help individuals and families stay at home.  Information on keeping well and healthy living is provided, as well as useful support on how to stay in touch with family and friends outwith your household.

A community links section offers information on the local Community Support Hub and Helpline, which offers community support for those who require support whilst self-isolating or may be considered vulnerable during this time.  This includes support with shopping, collection/delivery of prescriptions, walking pets and telephoning those who may be feeling lonely or isolated.

In addition, a useful support section offers information on local support services, financial and accommodation support, as well as water and energy supplier information.

The new website will be updated on a regular basis.

Visitors are encouraged to explore their local COVID-19 website at www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “This new website has been launched as part of our COVID-19 communications strategy to provide a wide range of local and national updates in one place for our local community. It will be updated as required and will contain the most current information for the people of the Western Isles. We would encourage members of the public to visit the website.”