Social distancing in the face of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is beginning to impact on the Western Isles.

Late last night (Monday March 9) the Broadbay Medical Practice in Stornoway asked patients and would-be patients to contact the practice before attending in person for any reason.

The message stated: "Due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) all appointment requests will be vetted by clinical staff.

"Please do not come to Broadbay Medical Practice unless you have been given an appointment.

"For further information about Coronavirus please visit

The main message on states: "If you have a cough, fever or shortness of breath since returning from a category 1 or 2 risk area, phone your GP or NHS 24 (111) if your GP is closed."

Category 1 is Hubei Province, China; Iran; Italy; and Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea.  Category 2 includes almost all of South East Asia.