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A number of retests relating to Covid-19 infections in Lewis are taking place, NHS Western Isles announced last night (Wednesday October 28)

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson said on Twitter: "We have been made aware of a number of tests through a non-NHS system which we will ourselves retest through the NHS system tomorrow."  The outcomes will reported this evening.

A new Western Isles Covid-19 case was reported nationally today - but the individual affected actually lives on the mainland and is simply registered with a GP on the Western Isles.  The place of registration has led to the positive case being allocated to the Islands.

Otherwise, there have been no new reported cases of Covid-19 infection throughout the Islands.

He also announced that dental service provision on the Western Isles will be expanded from the beginning of November including general dental and orthodontics. 

This total number of positive cases on the Islands, according to NHS Western Isles, since the start of the pandemic, stands at 61 - with 50 in South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula, one in North Uist, and 10 in total on Lewis.

Monday (November 2) sees the start of the new 5 Levels of restrictions, which are due to be announced in detail later today.

According to summaries published nationally, the islands could be put in either Level 0 or Level 1.

Level 0: “Broadly comparable to the position we reached in August when the virus was very suppressed in Scotland but still a threat. At this level we would be able to meet indoors with eight people from three households and most businesses would be open, albeit with safety measures in place.” Nightclubs would stay shut, for instance.

Level 1: “Sees slightly more restrictions, household meetings would reduce to six people from two households but there would still be a reasonable degree of normality overall.”

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, no matter how mild, you and your household should immediately self isolate and book a test. 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)