Welcome to HI

Welcome to HI (Health Information) website, brought to you by NHS Western Isles.

HI offers a one-stop gateway to accurate, up-to-date, and easily understandable health and medical information for those living and working in the Western Isles.

HI also keeps you up to date with health news, events and campaigns, as well as offering useful links to local and national groups and agencies.

HIRS on Facebook

HIRSHIRS Western Isles (Health Information & Resources Service) is now on Facebook, and recently celebrated receiving over 250 ‘likes’.

With over 1000 people being reached with certain posts, HIRS Western Isles promotes a wide range of local and national health-related events, activities, campaigns and news.

Visit HIRS Western Isles for yourself and find out why we have so many followers.

iPads Bring Therapeutic Benefits to MacAulay College

P1100214HI provided two iPads to MacAulay College recently to help their clients and staff have easier access to accurate and up-to-date health and patient information.

Macaulay College, based on the outskirts of Stornoway, encourage those adults aged over 16 years with additional social and educational needs to have meaningful and fulfilling working and social lives.

Macaulay College offers a programme of activities to enable their students to achieve their full potential, reach person specific targets whilst enriching both their working and social lives. Roland Engebretson, Co-Founder of Macaulay College, said “The iPads have enabled easier access to health information for our staff and students.  The added bonus has been the therapeutic benefits of the various apps available

He added, “Educational games, involving memory, coordination, problem solving, as well as music making and photography apps have been a huge hit.  One of our student, Steve, was particularly delighted with the iPads and told us they were “The bees knees!”.

Flexibility and Freedom for Advocacy Western Isles

P1100211HI provided two laptops to Advocacy Western Isles recently to help their clients and staff  have easier access to accurate and up-to-date health and patient information.

The equipment has proven invaluable in increasing Advocacy Western Isles’, who offer free, independent and confidential services throughout the Western Isles, opportunity to health-related internet access.

Advocacy Western Isles provide much needed assistance to adults, those with learning difficulties, mental health issues, and children and young people.  Cathy Anne Dunn, Advocacy Western Isles Acting Manager, said “The laptops offer us more flexibility and freedom in our work.

She added, “We are now able to be mobile when having meetings with our clients, or when we visit clients in their own homes. The equipment also enables our volunteers to work more effectively with our clients.  We very much appreciate this contribution by NHS Western Isles”.

Foyer Project online to health information and advice

HI recently provided three laptops to the Foyer Project, located at Bayhead in Stornoway. The Foyer Project was established to develop a housing, advice and information service to young people in the Western Isles and the laptops were provided to increase their opportunity to health-related internet access.

The laptops have also proven invaluable to those undertaking the Foyer Project’s ‘Lifeshaper Programme’, which is aimed at helping young people who are homeless or not in education or employment to work towards a healthy, happier balanced lifestyle.

The 12 week programme is supported by NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department, and focuses at the end of the programme on the next steps to securing and sustaining a tenancy, education, training and employment. Health Promotion also represents NHS Western Isles on the Western Isles Foyer’s Board of Directors. Continue reading

Detect Bowel Cancer Early

NHS Western Isles is urging all those who receive a Bowel Screening Kit in the post to complete the test and help protect themselves against one of the biggest cancer killers.  With April being Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, everyone aged 50–74 years is reminded they can help to save their life by using the free screening test which will be delivered through their door. Continue reading

‘ParentingWI’ Website

‘ParentingWI’ is the local site for parents, carers and parents-to-be in the Western Isles.

‘ParentingWI’ offers information and support – from the early stages of pregnancy, to the birthing process, babyhood, toddlerhood, childhood and beyond!

Information is also offered on Healthy Start, Bookbug, how to contact your Maternity or Health Visiting teams, as well as helping find local parent and toddler groups, day care, croileagans, and playgroups being held on each island and community area.   To view the site please click here.

Stroke Campaign for Western Isles

The ‘FAST’ (the Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 999) campaign is aimed at promoting awareness of the symptoms of stroke; a condition that affects approximately 80 residents in the Western Isles every year.

Stroke is the third biggest killer in Scotland after heart disease and cancer. It claims the lives of one in eight women and one in 10 men and leaves thousands more with some form of permanent disability. Continue reading

Patient Ambulance Transport Service

Patients who have a medical condition or mobility need that requires ambulance transport to get to their healthcare appointments are now benefiting from a direct booking and management system introduced by the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS),
Patients can book ambulance transport directly via a specialist SAS contact centre in Inverness. They will be able to talk to specially trained staff and request ambulance transport to and from their healthcare appointment up to 28 days in advance.

The new number to call is: 0300 123 1236

Anyone hard of hearing can contact the Service via Text Relay on 18001-03001231236 and patients who need support can ask their carer or GP to make the request on their behalf. Continue reading

MacMillan Cancer Support – Financial Issues

MacMillan Cancer Support offer a practical benefits section on their website to what benefits people diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends, may be entitled to.

Information includes an introduction to the benefits system; getting financial help; help for people of working age; help for carers; help for pensioners; help with children’s costs, managing debt, legal affairs; and health and housing costs. Click here to access.