The chief executive of NHS Western Isles has spoken with warmth and gratitude of the public response health services are meeting from the whole community across the islands.
Gordon Jamieson was speaking late last night (Tuesday 7 April) as he made the announcement that a fifth case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the Isle of Lewis.
He also took the opportunity to give an update on staff training and preparedness for an increase in cases and to speak of the community response to the crisis.
Offers of help range from hand cream from Ishga, the Lewis-based manufacturer of salon quality toiletries, to haulage services from big-wheelers, D R Macleod. People have offered to make face masks and scrubs as well as contributing other personal protective equipment and Harris company Essence of Harris has moved into production of sanitisers and hand gel for front line workers.
Gordon said: “I am humbled every day by the numerous offers of assistance across a variety of areas that are coming in from our community here in the Western Isles.  We can’t thank everybody publicly but I can assure you that their efforts just show how much our community is pulling together to try and combat the Covid-19 virus, and I would like to thank everybody for every single offer that has come forward.  Thank you.”
People offering to make personal protective equipment or to donate hand creams and sanitisers to the NHS locally are being asked to email Chris Anne Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. first, so that checks can be carried out to make sure all products are safe for use in a health and care setting.
Chris Anne said: “We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support we have received from the public, local businesses and organisations. On behalf of NHS Western Isles, I would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”
Pictures show NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson during last night’s broadcast and Diane Morrison, NHS worker, reinforcing the message of thanks.