With visiting suspended across our hospitals, NHS Western Isles has re-united families via ‘virtual visiting’ and has supplied wards with iPads to enable them access to their loved ones.

Virtual Visiting is now live in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh in Benbecula, enabling vital face to face conversations to happen between patients and the people that matter most to them in their lives, which is inevitably going to be instrumental in their recovery.

To book a visit with a patient in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh, please telephone 01870 603601​. Once your visit is scheduled, you can log on to https://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/attend-anywhere

NHS Western Isles Nurse and AHP Director/Chief Operating Officer, William Findlay, said: “This is an extremely challenging time for inpatients who are in an unfamiliar environment, at a time of considerable anxiety, and are not able to see their friends and family.

"This is why we took the decision to develop this service for our patients who do not have their own mobile phone, tablet or laptop to use, to connect with others. Keeping in touch with those important to us is clearly beneficial in terms of patient wellbeing.”