Our purpose: To support neurological patients and their carers by promoting positive health and well being in the Outer Hebrides.
Neuro Hebrides has its beginnings back in 2013 when local patients and carers came together for an event run by the Neurological Alliance of Scotland (NAoS) and NHS Western Isles. Just a few months later, meetings were being organised by those who had attended and were interested in starting up a local group, to become known as Neurological Voices.
A name change and six years on, we were thrilled to have received charitable status in May 2019. Through the efforts of a number of committed and enthusiastic individuals, Neuro Hebrides has grown to over one hundred members. Thanks to the work of those involved in running our charity and the support of our local community, the group continues to expand its reach with weekly get-togethers, regular events and a programme of activity sessions tailored to the needs of those living with neurological conditions.
We’ve all seen coronavirus (or COVID-19) in the headlines and Neuro Hebrides top priority is to do what we can to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. With that in mind and given the vulnerabilities of members and the increasing number of events being cancelled, it seems that the most sensible approach at this time is to postpone all group meetings, get togethers and events between now and the end of April.
We are extremely disappointed to have had to take these steps as we know how important the support network is for people affected locally by neurological conditions. Meantime, please adhere to all the practical advice being shared far and wide and stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days if you have either: i) a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back; ii) a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
If you don’t have any coronavirus symptoms, in line with general public health advice, make sure you wash your hands with soap thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) and often. And try to stay at least one metre away from people who are coughing and sneezing.
If you have a health condition, you should read information specific to that condition. If you’re worried, speak to your neurologist or other health professional.
Staying up to date on coronavirus; Current information and guidance for Scotland can be found via NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus and Government: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Take good care all.