Loss of mobile and landline telephone services in North Uist, Western Isles

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Multi agency partners advise of loss of telephone services in parts of the Western Isles

Multi agency partners are advising that there is a loss of mobile and landline telephone services in areas of North Uist in the Western Isles as a result of the overnight spell of bad weather.

BT are currently working to restore the loss of telephone services, which is affecting the Bayhead, Berneray and Manish areas of North Uist in the Western Isles.

Police Scotland will have extra officers patrolling the highlighted areas until the service is restored.

Western Isles Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, are advising that Laxdale and Leverburgh schools are closed due to power failures and Tolsta School is also closing shortly. Parents with children attending at Tolsta Primary are asked to collect them from the Community Hall. Further updates will be provided onlinethrough the WIEPCG Facebook page, on the website http://blogserver.cne-siar.gov.uk/wp-notices/ and Twitter at @cne_siar.

Health services in the Western Isles are currently running as normal. However, if patients are unable to attend a scheduled appointment due to the bad weather (or for any other reason) we would ask that they contact us as soon as possible to inform us, so that the appointment can be quickly rescheduled. (Contact details will be on your appointment letter).

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or contactNHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

NHS Western Isles would also urge the public to look in on vulnerable neighbours or relatives over the coming weeks, and to phone NHS24 if they have any health concerns.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service urge people to check that their smoke alarms are working so that occupants are given early warning in the unlikely event of a fire in the home.

Further information about fire safety and what people can do to ensure they are as safe as possible can be found in our Safety Pages.