The UK Prime Minister, following the incident in Manchester on Monday 22nd May took the decision last night, to raise the UK Terrorist Threat Level to Critical.
Whilst there is no known specific intelligence of a threat to Scotland, patients, visitors and the general public are asked to note the following security restrictions which have been put in place locally:
- Hospital visitors will be encouraged to report to reception before continuing their journey to appointments/visit patients.
- Only the main entrance for general access, and Emergency Department specifically, and only for emergencies access, will be available to patients and general public at Western Isles Hospital, Uist & Barra Hospital and St. Brendan’s.
- At Western Isles Hospital access via Day Hospital will be closed until further notice.
- In Uist & Barra Hospital the Emergency Department entrance door will be reconfigured to become a one-way entrance until further notice.
- In St. Brendan’s Hospital doors will be locked and a notice placed on the front door, by the doorbell.
- Members of the public must not take unnecessary bags or containers of any description in to any facilities, and must not leave any items unattended.
NHS Western Isles would like to take this opportunity to confirm to patients and the general public that there are no restrictions or reductions in the delivery of its local NHS services and patient travel, and to thank members of the public for their co operation.
Members of the public should continue to remain vigilant and if they become aware of any suspicious activity or are concerned for any reason, there are several ways to report concerns securely:
- Where there is an emergency, call 999.
- Where there is a non-emergency, call 101.
- Contact Police counter-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321.
Our thoughts remain constantly with those in our community affected by this tragedy.