Maternity staff from Western Isles Hospital recently hosted an afternoon tea for
members of a local knitting group.
The knitting club, based in Trust Housing on Matheson Road in Stornoway, knit hats,
gloves, boots and cardigans for babies born in the hospital; all much appreciated
by local mums and babies, especially premature babies who need to be kept extra cosy
because of their inability to regulate their own temperatures.
Some of the knitting is also donated to the neonatal transport team who come to collect
premature or ill babies from the Western Isles that require further treatment in
a specialist mainland unit.
They always appreciate the supply as they use so many hats and blankets on a daily
basis during transfers.
NHS Western Isles Head of Midwifery, Catherine Macdonald said: “We wanted to thank
the ladies for their very generous support and thought that an afternoon tea with
some mums and babies who have benefited from their donations would be good. Our special
guest babies all enjoyed the company of their new friends.
“Among them were baby Hafsa, born at 24 weeks, and our Cairn twins who were born
at 33 weeks.
“Maternity staff also enjoyed their afternoon out and thanked the residents for their
work. Also thanks to the kirk care staff for supporting us with our tea party.”
NHS Western Isles also thank many other women in the community who kindly donate
knitted garments: some from Gress, Back, Tong and Stornoway.