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Scotland’s national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch has praised the chief executive of NHS Western Isles for his continuing commitment to communicating with the people of the islands.

In a tweet earlier this month, Jason Leitch highlighted the announcement by Gordon Jamieson explaining a technical breakdown which meant that island Covid tests had, for a short period, to be sent to Edinburgh for processing.

Re-tweeting Gordon’s update to islanders on 5 October, Jason said: “Almost every day for 18 months. This is local communication…good on you NHSWI chief exec Gordon Jamieson.”

Professor Leitch’s comment was strongly endorsed by others, specifically by people living in the islands, who added their comments.

One said: “You are right Jason for highlighting Gordon’s tremendous role during the pandemic. A true local hero!”

Another said: “He goes above and beyond. They could just provide a wee summary, but this is more personal. Tapa leibh.”

Former Labour minister Dame Anne McGuire, who now lives in Barra, also responded to Professor Leitch’s comment, saying: “You are right and worthy of praise. It meant that everyone in the various communities knew exactly what was the current situation.

“I’ve checked other health board areas and I’ve been surprised they have not adopted a similar approach.”

Gordon Jamieson issues a one-minute update on Covid cases, test status and vaccination clinics most nights of the week after 10pm, and has done so since the pandemic started, on the health board’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NHSWesternIsles.

He’s attracted growing local popularity for his trademark deadpan delivery, clear information and plain shirts, broken only during December 2020 when he lightened the mood with a variety of festive shirts, ties and jumpers.

The pictures show Gordon during last night’s video update and in festive mood in December last year (NHS Western Isles).