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Launch of Western Isles Patient Escort Petition

Friday 14th December 2018 saw the launch of a community petition to the Scottish Parliament Health Minister and Western Isles Health Board over the recent changes to the Patient Escort Policy.

The Western Isles Health Board have recently implemented stricter controls as to who is eligible to have an escort approved when attending hospital appointments on the mainland. This has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of families who are having to pay to have a loved one assist them to an appointment. Often this can be an appointment to be told life-altering news, which will result in several more appointments to the mainland, and may lead to loss of earnings and increased costs for the household. The recent changes implemented by the WI Health Board has resulted in many more refusals for patients’ escort requests and delays to decision making, all of which causes undue stress, anxiety and general upset for patients and their families at a time when travel should be the least of their worries. As a collective group of support organisations we have met with the WI Health Board several times to try and explain the concern raised by many patients and to try and influence WI Health Board representatives that these changes are not demonstrating “the best at what we do” and do not offer any patients and their families compassion and support for circumstances which are beyond their control. At a time when the provision of care services in the Western Isles Hospitals are depleting, many more appointments are being made on the mainland, forcing travel. We urge the Health Minister to intervene in this situation and ask the WI Health Board to implement the suggested changes above. All residents in the Western Isles are conscious of budget cuts and the need to save money, but until such at time as services are available to patients locally, there needs to be an adequate system in place to support families to travel to the mainland.

You can access the petition online here or find it in many of the shops and businesses across the Western Isles.

For updates on the petition, please see our Facebook Page

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WICCI Charity Day at Delights

WICCI charity day poster

We are delighted that Delights have chosen WICCI for their Charity Day on Friday 9th November, when all proceeds from the sale of coffee & cake will come to WICCI.  They are also running a raffle for a fabulous hamper for WICCI too.  Be sure to pop into the Shop on Friday to support them.  Thanks to staff for choosing WICCI, much appreciated.



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WICCI on Tour!

WICCI are going out and about over the next couple of weeks to meet people at the various Agricultural Shows in Lewis & Harris.  Be sure to come and say Hello if you can and hear more about the work of WICCI.

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Men for Macmillan Casino Night Fundraiser

♠️♥️♦️♣The second men-only event Men for Macmillan will take place on 23rd June.  Ticket price is the same £45.
If you’d like to book a table or tickets please get in touch with Maggie on 07745912526♣️♦️♥️

Publicity poster

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New information leaflets on Prostate Cancer

As part of the recent Men’s Health Week – 11th to 17th June, Macmillan Cancer Support have issued some new guidance and support documents around prostate cancer.  As usual, these information leaflets are very clearly written and easy to understand.

Prostate Cancer

Having Tests for Prostate Cancer


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WICCI Launch a great success!

On Saturday 5th May, many gathered at the Lewis Retirement Centre to officially celebrate the Launch of the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative.

Donald MacleodThe Janice Prestonrelaxed event included some presentations from Donald Macleod, WICCI Chairman  and Janice Preston, Macmillan Cancer Scotland Manager.  Both presentations were informative and gave a bit of background as to how WICCI has come to fruition and the hopes for the future.

Helen Sandison, WICCI Development Manager, then outlined some information about the Social Fund and Application Process, highlighting that to date, WICCI had approved 14 applications and awarded £6690.

Those present were encouraged to spread the word about WICCI through Social Media and through the recently launched Website.

Donald also encouraged those present to take up membership of the organisation.  Copies of the Membership Form can be found here Membership Form May18

At the end of the speeches, Alasdair Allan MSP officially ‘opened’ the WICCI Project and presented a plaque on behalf of Helen to the Trustees in recognition of their hard work and determination to get WICCI to this stage after years of planning and negotiations.

Following the official proceedings, a delicious lunch was served, prepared by the ladies from the Isle of Lewis Macmillan Fundraising Committee.

People having lunch Lunch Crowd Guests cake cakes and sandwiches WICCI Cake from Stag Bakeries Committee

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WICCI Application Process

We put together the below illustration showing the 4 simple steps of processing your application.  We’d encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any queries about submitting an application.

WICCI Application Process

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WICCI Launch Event

WICCI LaunchThe Trustees of the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative would like to invite you to the Formal Launch event of the WICCI Project.

Presentations from: WICCI Chairperson; Donald Macleod and MCS Scotland Manager; Janice Preston and local stories.
Saturday 5th May 2018 From 12pm ( light lunch provided) Retirement Centre, Stornoway.


WICCI is a registered local charity. We have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to help cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

One of the ways WICCI can help is through the Social Fund, where up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer and can be used to support costs such as; basic living expenses, t ravel costs (over and above
those supported by Patient Travel) and specialist equipment or support required as a result of a cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery.

You are cordially invited and most welcome to join us to celebrate the formal launch of this important local initiative.

RSVP- 20th April 2018
Helen Sandison, WICCI Development Manager
Room 1, 30 Francis Street, Stornoway
office@wicci.org.uk – Facebook @wiccioffice
01851 707219

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International Women’s Day

Had such a positive, worthwhile afternoon with lots of ladies (and some men!) at Back Hall celebrating #internationalwomensday.

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Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)

Have you heard of the advice and support available through the Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)? This is a truly valuable service run by Kay Mackinnon and her team, providing benefits advice services for people affected by cancer, their families and carers.
Get in touch with Kay to discuss your situation and I am sure she will do everything she can to help – she is one of the most helpful, compassionate people I know. Contact her on 01851 822644.
Kay also manages the Macmillan Patient Grants scheme, which you should apply for before coming to WICCI.

Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)

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