More than 200 hospital gowns have been made by local seamstresses over the past few weeks for NHS Western Isles. A number of disposable hats and masks have also been made.

NHS Western Isles would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in making this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to supplement our existing stocks.

The skilled seamstresses include Mary Lou Stilwell, Marjory Mackenzie, Morag Duncan, Nana Maclean, Anna Suslova, Larisa Spirina and Katie Macleod.

Chris Anne Campbell, who recently returned from retirement to NHS Western Isles to work on Resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, said: “On behalf of NHS Western Isles I would like to sincerely thank all these skilled local individuals who have made us such important items of PPE to add to our current stocks, in preparation for the care of patients with COVID-19 symptoms. We are hugely grateful for these gowns. NHS Western Isles has supplied the material for these gowns to ensure the gowns meet safety requirements."