NHS Western Isles works alongside mainland Health Boards and other local organisations, including the local authority and third sector (voluntary) organisations, to provide a wide range of healthcare services to the local population.
The Western Isles is an island region in the North West of Scotland.
NHS Western Isles have made information about European cross-border healthcare in the Western Isles available for:
- UK citizens considering treatment in Europe
- EEA citizens considering treatment in Scotland
Who to contact at NHS Western Isles
Enquiries about European cross-border healthcare should be directed to:
NHS Western Isles is committed to ensuring that its information is managed to the highest standards and in accordance with the powers conferred on it by the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974/Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000.
NHS Western Isles is also committed to meeting its responsibilities in relation to information legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Scotland Act 2000.
NHS Western Isles will ensure that its policies, systems and processes are compliant with the Caldicott Principles. It will also ensure that it protects the privacy and dignity of the people whose information it accesses, holds and uses.
In doing so, it will comply with the legal requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the provisions in relation to confidential personal information within the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
The Caldicott Principles are incorporated into NHS Scotland Caldicott Guardian's Principles into Practice - June 2012 v2. NHS Western Isles has adopted this in is its entirety.
NHS Western Isles will create and manage all records efficiently, protect and store them as securely as necessary, make them accessible to those with a right to see them and dispose of them safely at the appropriate time, in accordance with Legislation and the applicable NHS Scotland Code of Practice on Records Management.
All NHS Western Isles hospital sites comply with Disability Discrimination Act.