Buth Bharraigh: Working in partnership with local producers and suppliers

Bùth Bharraigh is a community owned local produce shop and bakery, providing local residents and tourists the opportunity to purchase fresh, healthy and beautiful items from eco-friendly local producers and suppliers.

The shop is currently trading, with over 50 local producers supplying items for the shop, including meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, home baking, paintings, photos, crafts, jewellery, and knitwear. 80% of money received through sales goes directly back to local  producers.

The shop is run by volunteers in order to keep overheads down and only charges 20% commission to cover the bare minimum running costs.

Local Food for Local People Project: Tagsa Uibhist Horticultural Project

The Tagsa Uibhist Horticultural Project, established in 2011 with funding from LEADER, acts as an extension of the already established Mental Health Project.

It does so by providing an outlet for people with mental health and/or addiction issues (the therapeutic benefits of gardening and growing plants are well documented) and the Local Food for Local People project commenced in April 2015. Continue reading

Accreditation Ceremony 2016

The Western Isles Learning Shop in partnership with Shared Roots held their annual Accreditation Ceremony in the Stornoway Town Hall on Thursday 31st March, with over 100 learners, family and friends in attendance.

Certificates were presented to all learners from the Learning Shop, Grow2work and Failte Café by Councillor Charlie Nicolson. Continue reading

Smokefree Hebrides Partners with FLORENCE

Smokefree Hebrides logoThe greatest ideas are so often the simplest. And right now, NHS Western Isles is proving it with excellent results from the recently introduced FLORENCE programme for home health monitoring.

This system uses text messaging to keep in touch with patients who need regular monitoring – and Smokefree Hebrides are pleased to announce they are also utilising FLORENCE to keep in touch with their clients.

Through FLORENCE Smokefree Hebrides are encouraging their clients to engage fully in the smoking cessation service, providing them with motivational messages, reminder texts and where to access reliable and up to date information. Continue reading

HIRS: Service Arrangements

HIRS posterPlease note that with effect from Tuesday 5th January, the Health Information & Resources Service (HIRS) has adopted the following daily opening hours:

  • Mondays: Open 2pm-4.30pm
  • Tuesdays-Fridays: Open 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.

Wi-Fi Computer Access

Free Wi-Fi public access computers are now available for use at HIRS.  Computers are available only for those sourcing health information or undertaking health projects, and printing paper is not provided.

 

Smoking Cessation Drop-in at Western Isles Hospital

 

Smoking Cessation Drop-in Clinic PosterSmokefree Hebrides continues to provide its weekly Smoking Cessation drop-in service at the Diabetes Centre in the Western Isles Hospital between 10am-12pm.

 

Staff, patients and visitors are welcome to pop along if they are wishing to make a quit attempt and would like to speak to a Smoking Cessation Advisor for specialist advice.

Making an attempt to quit with the support of a specialist smoking cessation service increases your chances of success four times. Continue reading

February Walks… Starts today!

February WalksWalking is great for us! It can reduce the risk of heart disease, a
number of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and improve your mood – so why not take advantage of FREE health-led walks throughout February…

* Thursday 4th February – Route: Willowglen – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Tuesday 9th February – Route: Shore Road – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Thursday 11th February – Route: Willowglen – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Tuesday 16th February – Route: Shore Road – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Thursday 18th February – Route: Willowglen – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Tuesday 23rd February – Route: Shore Road – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am
* Thursday 25th February – Route: Willowglen – Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am

So why not make 2016 your year to get more active and healthier? Simply come and join us on one of our regular free health walks. All welcome.

For further information please contact: Chris Ryan, Paths to Health Coordinator, tel. 01851 762 016/017 or 07743 507982

New Year, New You: January Health-Led Walks

New Year New YouWalking is great for us!

It can reduce the risk of heart disease, a number of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and improve your mood – so why not take advantage of FREE health-led walks being held throughout January…

  • Tues 5th January – Castle Grounds/Shore Road. Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am.
  • Thurs 7th January – Castle Grounds/Shore Road. Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am.
  • Tues 12th January – Castle Grounds/Shore Road. Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am.
  • Thurs 14th January – Traigh Mhor, North Tolsta. Meet at Car Park/Toilets at 11am.
  • Tues 19th January – Castle Grounds/Shore Road. Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am.
  • Thurs 21st January – Eoropie Sands, Ness. Meet at Play Park Car Park at 11am.
  • Tues 26th January – Castle Grounds/Shore Road. Meet at Woodlands Centre at 11am.
  • Thursday 28th January – Carloway Pier/Pentland Road. Meet at Carloway School at 11am.

So why not make 2016 your year to get more active and healthier? Simply come and join us on one of our regular free health walks. All welcome.

Welcome Ann

Ann MaciverThe department would like to welcome Ann Macinnes (formerly Maciver) as she takes on the role of part-time ADP Substance Misuse Development Officer, after being redeployed from the NHSWI Well North Outer Hebrides project.

Ann’s contact details are 01851 762021 and email: ann.macinnes1@nhs.net

The department would like to wish her well in her new post.

Farewell Suzanne

suzanne macaulayFarewell to Suzanne MacAulay as she left her role of part-time ADP Substance Misuse Development Officer to take up the role of part-time Volunteer Services Manager with the Volunteer Centre Western Isles.

The department would like to wish her well in her new post.

Festive Season Cancer Awareness Campaign Launched

Give yourself and your family the most important gift this year, look after your health and Detect Cancer Early.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FILM

Although not quite the Oscars, excitement was evident as the NHS Western Isles Detect Cancer Early film was launched in Stornoway today (Thursday 3rd December).

The film, the main feature of the NHS Western Isles’ festive window display at Stornoway Public Library, is aimed at reminding islanders to be aware of cancer signs and symptoms and of the importance of detecting cancer early. Continue reading

Movember – Stornoway Men’s 5K Success

On Saturday 21st November, 70 men (and a few women) braved the cold wintry weather in Stornoway, to take part in the annual Hebridean Mens Cancer 5K.  The event was organised by the NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sports Development Officer. Continue reading

Movember – Uists Mens 5K Success

Saturday 21st November saw 24 stoic men take part in the Uist & Barra Men’s 5K to raise awareness of male cancers.

A total of £376 was raised, and this will be presented to the ‘1 million miles for Ellie’ local campaign team. To make a donation, or for information about the charity, please visit: http://www.1millionmilesforellie.co.uk/ Continue reading

Movember – Battle of the Sexes

Over 28 teams pitted their wits against each other at the annual Movember ‘Battle of the Sexes’ quiz night, held on Friday 13th November in Stornoway Golf Club.

Well done to the winning team ‘The Highlanders’ pictured above (L-R: George Macleod, Lachlan MacPherson, David Reid, and Colin Rice).

Smokefree Grounds for NHSWI

Bright new signage has just been set up at all NHS Western Isles sites, reminding everyone who visits, works or is treated on any of our premises that NHS Scotland is smokefree. These permanent fixed signs are bright and colourful, featuring flora and fauna native to these islands and incorporating the ‘no smoking’ logo into the design. Continue reading

2015 Annual Public Health Conference

Money Matters ImageOn behalf of the NHS WI Public Health & Health Strategy Division, staff from Health Promotion participated at the Annual Public Health Conference, held in Peebles, on 5th and 6th November.

Staff were invited to present a range of posters on a specific piece of work they had carried out. The poster presentations selected for presenting comprised:

‘Money Matters – A Collaborative Approach to Antipoverty Initiatives in Rural and Urban Areas’.  The aim of this project is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between poverty and inequality and how these impact on people; to support operational staff in identifying gaps in service and engage more effectively with those facing poverty and social exclusion.  Continue reading

Multi-agency Child Protection Training

As part of an education awareness programme on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), 52 people including staff from NHS Western Isles took part in multiagency child protection training days provided in Stornoway and Benbecula.

There were representatives from other places including education, social work, the police, CAMHS, the voluntary sector and drug and alcohol workers. NHS Western Isles has been working in partnership with the child protection committee and the CSE working group in providing a programme of training for staff and young people to raise their awareness around all issues of CSE – issues such as what it is, what to look out for, how to protect and prevent and where to get help and support from.

Pictured above are organisers (L-R): Hamish Budge, Education Support Officer; Donald A Macleod, Independent Chair of Child Protection; Dr Maggie Watts, Director of Public Health; Isabel Steele, Senior Health Promotion Offi cer and Gordon Mackay, Co-ordinator and Development Offi cer for the Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee. Continue reading

October turned PINK!

During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NHS Western Isles also promoted the ‘wee c’. The ‘wee c’ is the Scottish campaign highlighting that, not only is cancer not what it used to be but, thanks to earlier detection, research breakthroughs and treatment advances, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. Continue reading

Workplaces keep it ‘Pink’!

During the month of October workplaces in the Western Isles were invited to “pink days” where they wore pink clothing and organised tea parties, themed games and information stalls to raise to raise awareness of women’s health and cancers. Breast self-examination models were also given out to groups to learn how they should be examining themselves and the things they should be checking for.

Quotes from women who attended awareness sessions within their workplaces included Continue reading