A total of 19 individuals in southern Uist have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, as of this morning (Tuesday September 29). 

One patient with COVID-19 infection has been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment, says NHS Western Isles.

"We have no further information as to their condition. All other patients are managing their symptoms at home," they say.


Message from Daliburgh Branch Surgery

The Branch Surgery in Daliburgh has now closed (from 29.9.2020) as a precautionary measure as a result of the increase in cases of COVID-19.  Surgery staff have been liaising with Resilient Uist and they will, as before, do two lots of prescription collections from the Practice in Benbecula. This will be on a Monday and on a Thursday.  If you require your prescription collected please call Paul Steele on 07976 416 811 and he will make the arrangements with you. Please note that you need to contact Paul for each medication collection. This will not be done automatically.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.​


This is a further increase of two cases since yesterday.  The original three cases were reported last Friday.  Prior to this outbreak, the total number of officially recognised cases in all the Western Isles was eight - although it is widely recognised that many cases went untested and unreported throughout the UK in the original outbreak in March and April. 

A Problem Assessment Group (PAG) met on Friday and an Incident Management Team (IMT) met yesterday (Monday) and is working with Scottish Government, and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support.

Liniclate Sports Centre

Liniclate Sports Centre is closed today and Wednesday 30th September.  This comes after the announcement that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has closed all schools in Uist until Thursday 31st September to staff and pupils, as a precautionary measure. Further updates on Liniclate Sports Centre will be provided on the Comhairle Facebook page, Comhairle Website and Comhairle Sports App.

HOSPITAL VISITING

NHS Western Isles has taken the decision today to restrict visiting in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh to essential visiting only. This decision is being implemented with immediate effect as a precautionary measure.

Essential Visiting examples include:

  • a parent accompanying a child
  • in maternity settings, partners or birth partners being able to attend ante-natal, clinic or scan appointments with their partner 
  • when someone has reached the end of their life, has a life-threatening illness, when someone is receiving difficult news, or similar situations 
  • when people have a mental health issue such as dementia, autism or learning disabilities.

The following general restriction applies for all visitors:

  • Do not visit anyone in hospital if you are unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 (regardless of how mild they are), or if you have been identified as a contact of anyone with COVID-19.
  • All visitors must hand sanitize and wear a face mask. 

The Virtual Visiting service remains in place for those who wish to book a virtual visit with a friend/relative in hospital. 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/i-am-a-visitor/welcome/ to attend your appointment.

DENTAL SERVICE: UIST AND BENBECULA

The dental clinic in Liniclate will limit appointments to emergency care only for the next few days. This reduces both travel and contact between members of the public, and dental staff. We hope to lift this restriction as soon as it can be confirmed that the current outbreak has been controlled.  At present, patients in Uist and Benbecula seeking dental advice should call the practice on 01870 602178. Callers will be assessed for urgency by dental staff and urgent cases given priority. Do not attend the clinic without calling first.

HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENTS

In terms of appointments in hospital or with other healthcare staff in the Uists, we would advise patients that, at this stage, there is no change to patient appointments and they will continue as planned, unless we notify you otherwise.

TEST RESULTS

We would ask that individuals who are tested through Test and Protect do not contact their GP or hospital for their results. If tested, you will be contacted directly with the result. Please ensure that you provide accurate contact details and self isolate (i.e. do not leave your house) until you receive your result. If your result is positive, you will be required to self isolate for 10 days.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts said: “We would like to reassure our local communities and visitors to the island that we are taking all necessary steps to contain the virus but it is vital that everyone in the Western Isles follows the current Scottish Government restrictions and FACTS guidance to limit any spread of the virus.”

FACTS

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)
A – Avoid crowded places.
C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.
T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.
S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature (37.8C of greater)
  • And/or a new and continuous cough
  • And/or a loss or change in your sense of smell and/or taste.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms (regardless of how mild the symptoms are), you and your household should immediately self isolate and book a test. You should not attend your workplace and children in the household should not attend school/nursery.

To access testing in the Western Isles, contact the COVID-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The phoneline will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available outwith those hours.

Alternatively you can complete the online COVID-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles)