An emergency planning team formed as lockdown began has seen its first rotation of personnel, with the departure of two military liaison officers posted to NHS Western Isles.

Majors Ed Cobham and Jamie Dullaghan left the island yesterday (Thursday 4 June) having been attached to NHS Western Isles since March as part of the Covid-19 response.

They have been working alongside logistics and emergency planners from the NHS, Western Isles Emergency Planning Group (WIEPG) and Coastguard Maritime Operations Officers (MOOs).

The team of eight have been working from a logistics co-ordination cell at the offices of NHS Western Isles, working according to strict social distancing guidelines and planning the logistics and resource management necessary to prepare the island-wide response for Covid-19.

Major Cobham and Major Dullaghan have helped to put in place response protocols such as the Puma helicopter capability for airlifting Covid-19 patients using the Epipod isolation units.

They departed yesterday with the thanks of the whole emergency planning community.

The team now welcome Captain Malcolm Dalzel-Job from the Stornoway-based 7 Scots as the new military liaison officer.

The picture shows:

  • Back row, from left, Major Ed Cobham, Major Jamie Dullaghan, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager Gavin Hammond (chair of WIEPG) and Tom Laverty, emergency planning officer NHS Western Isles.
  • Front row: HM Coastguard maritime operations specialist Paul Tunstall and senior maritime operations officers Michele Mackay, Margaret Mackay and Irene Macritichie.