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NHS Western Isles and the wider island communities welcomed the National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government last week who acknowledged the contributions put in during the Covid crisis and beyond.
Professor Jason Leitch, spent an enjoyable and inspiring three days on Lewis, Uist and Barra hearing about the Isles’ pandemic response and to acknowledge and thank staff across the services for their dedication and commitment.
During his time on Lewis, Prof Leitch met with staff in radiology, the laboratory, the emergency department, catering, domestic, laundry, Hospital at Home, clinical support nurses, infection control, dental, public health, facilities, vaccination, occupational therapy, senior management and board members.
He also visited the new care home development on Goathill Road in Stornoway and, in the evening, met some of the local agencies that had supported the vaccination programme, including Scottish Fire and Rescue, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, Street Pastors and Caberfeidh Hotel staff.
Prof Leitch said that he had heard ‘inspiring stories of hard work, person-centred care and innovation’.
‘It’s been absolutely inspiring to spend time learning how it’s been for the Covid response in the Western Isles,’ he said.
‘I just want to thank everyone. The citizens who live here, the workers who work here. Thank you for everything you’ve done.’
NHS Western Isles chief executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: ‘Staff across our health and social care services have gone above and beyond the call of duty for such a long time, to ensure the delivery of essential services.
‘Their dedication and commitment is incredible and we are proud to share and describe our services’ response with the national clinical director.’