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Front line workers are the new superheroes of society, according to health board and Comhairle chiefs, and a wave of public support for those that do the essential background jobs is sweeping across the islands.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles are both shining the spotlight on workers who are keeping essential services running, with social media featuring pictures of workers from waste management operatives and hospital cleaners to nurses and doctors.


Joe Macleod from Back , appears on England's BBC South news explaining how he comes from an island community himself, and is now tasked with working to help another island community.  
Well done Joe and all the armed forces stepping in to keep us safe. 
Helping to build a new hospital on the Isle of Wight. 
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Appeal for rainbow pictures!

Over the past few weeks pictures of rainbows have appeared in windows across the Outer Hebrides as a way to cheer up people who walk past them and as a message of thanks to local frontline NHS staff.  NHS Western Isles is now appealing for people to get in touch and send in photos of their rainbow pictures so they can be shared online (with some in print) – particularly for those who are self-isolating indoors.
 
Gordon Jamieson, NHSWI Chief Executive said “We are inviting children to share their rainbow drawings which we will promote on our social media channels and within various NHS sites across the Outer Hebrides. The aim is to bring a smile to people’s faces during this difficult time as well as providing something for the children to do while they are off school and missing their friends.”
Budding artists are told there is no set criteria, just that images be of rainbows and feature bright colours – something that will brighten everyone’s day and bolster community spirit!
To take part, images can be sent as a private message to the NHS Western Isles Facebook page, Twitter account (@NHSWI) or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  However, the public are asked not to send in their pictures by post.
Pictured are Katie Morag and Seonag from Scalpay with their drawings - well done girls!

Don't forget to praise the excellent Woodys delivery drivers. A special thanks to Iain who delivers to Point with his dog Axel. We are also grateful to all our posties.

That from Moira and Gary Sturgess via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


And at the same time the public are doing their bit to highlight exceptional service, offering positive feedback to delivery drivers, CalMac staff, shop workers and front-line carers.

Claire, a community staff nurse in Lewis. leading from the front in poster campaign

Along with the pictures we’ve highlighted below of superhero keyworkers, there’s been applause and pipe tunes, coloured rainbow drawings and social media posts highlighting the positive contribution so many people are making to keeping us safe, supplied and cared for when we need it.

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Social media pages are full of comments like these:

“We are very fortunate with all the services that are keeping us going. Thanks are not enough for all the hard work everyone is doing, but thank you very much anyway.”

“Well done to all the chemist shops who are putting in a sterling effort in the current climate. Big hand clap to each and every one of you.”

 “It's always service with a smile as usual. Thank you to all of you who have been so helpful. It’s great to see so many people supporting you, whilst you’re supporting all of us. I know it's not much saying thanks in a message, but I truly give you all a huge thank you.”

“Well done to all the CalMac employees both pier side and vessel, for keeping vital services running. You all do an amazing job.”

Graham Macintosh, cleansing operative, Stornoway

Donald MacNeil, cleansing labourer, Barra

Alex Mackinnon, plant operative at Creed Park

Derek Mackay, waste collector (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)

Regina, cleaner at Western Isles Hospital

Kathryn MacSween, Macmillan nurse at NHS Western Isles

Donald Ross Gillies, senior charge nurse NHS Western Isles

Western Isles Hospital catering staff (NHS Western Isles)

Rainbows for Blackhouse Bakery from Orla in Upper Bayble

The Loch Seaforth coming in with the freight, picture by Chris Murray who said: “The lifesavers, key workers, thank you all for the fantastic stuff you are doing in these testing times.”


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A message via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I would like to thank all the NHS staff and especially Nurses and Doctors for all their hard work and dedication on the front line everyday, particularly through this dreadful disease. 

I would also like to give my upmost sincere thanks to the A&E Drs and nurses for their help and in keeping me alive, their patience and quick thinking 6 months ago.
Luckily, because of A&E Staff I am still alive and recovering from a traumatic illness. Thank you to the Psychiatric Team at WI Hospital for all hard work and perseverance in their hard work, they, too are still working through these very difficult times. Thank you to all NHS Staff from the bottom of my heart. (name withheld)