Following a request by NHS Western Isles to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar — and given the limited resources on Barra and Vatersay and its distance from hospital resources — it has been agreed, as a precautionary measure, to set up a COVID19 resource in Castlebay School and Leisure Centre.
Called a Respiratory Assessment and COVID-19 Treatment Resource, this is part of a nationwide network of such centres in Scotland which aim to separate Coronavirus assessment and treatment from the standard hospital service. While initial contacts will take place via an on-line advice serice, anyone requiring a face-to-dace assessment will be seen at a Covid-19 centre. Those in need of immediate intervention will be sent directly to hospital for inpatient treatment.
In addition, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will work with the community to establish a local Shielding and Support Resource to coordinate all Local Authority and Community resources.
At this stage these actions are all precautionary and will be implemented as a resilience measure to ensure resources, service protocols and training are in place should they be required, says NHS Western Isles.