Because of positive cases of COVID-19 in Western Isles Hospital, the decision has been taken to temporarily restrict visiting while contact tracing is under way.

Until further notice, visiting will be restricted to Essential Visiting only.

This means that those identified as Designated Visitors will be unable to visit until further notice.

NHS Western Isles had, up until today (Wednesday January 27), been allowing one Designated Visitor for each inpatient for the duration of their stay in hospital. 

Essential visits will still be permitted. These include but are not limited to:  

  • A birth partner supporting a woman during hospital visits   
  • For a person receiving end-of-life care  
  • to support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed   
  • to accompany a child in hospital.    

Essential Visits will be made by pre-arranged appointments to ensure the number of people in the clinical area at any one time is limited to maintain a safe physical distance. We cannot guarantee you will be provided with your personal choice of visiting time.  

NHS Western Isles will continue to promote Virtual Visiting.