Members of Western Isles Hospital’s HDU and Emergency departments got a nice surprise when a patient delivered flowers to thank them for their sterling work.

Mary Macleod – well-known locally for her work as chair of the Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group – suffers from atrial fibrillation, which means that her heart regularly goes out of rhythm.

When her drugs don’t work, she needs immediate treatment in hospital.

Mary said: “A few times now I have been rushed into the Emergency Department and then into HDU, and I wanted to highlight the fantastic service that we have here in Stornoway.

“Everyone is just so wonderful. You hear so much moaning and groaning about the NHS, so I thought I would make an effort so that people know that we have a superb service here, and how fortunate we are to have it.

"They are all very caring."

She added: “I would also like to thank the pharmacist, who explains in detail about all the drugs I am given on discharge, and what the potential side-effects might be.

“That is extremely helpful, and I know that it does not happen in a lot of other hospitals.”

Mary is now nominating the teams for the Scottish Health Awards 2017, the most prestigious and recognised awards ceremony for healthcare professionals within Scotland.

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Pictured left to right are: Lachlan MacPherson, Hospitals Manager, Marie MacKenzie, Emergency Department Staff Nurse, Dr. A. Apostolopoulos, Consultant Physician, Mary MacLeod, Kathy MacLeod, HDU Staff Nurse, Shona MacPhail, HDU Staff Nurse, Emer Friel, Pharmacist.