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EMPLOYERS in East Lothian have signed a pledge to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness.
MORE than 6,000 litres of alcohol were spilt over a road yesterday after a 38-tonne tanker overturned. The tanker, travelling from a distillery in Edinburgh, collided with a small van at 8:40am on the A71 near the North British Distillery in Addiewell, West Lothian.
A PRIMARY school has been awarded a top accolade for its work promoting the health and well-being of its pupils, parents and staff. NHS Lothian and Education Services gave the level three award to Howden St. Andrew's Primary School in Livingston following a recent inspection.
By Adam Morris FEARS about growing alcohol abuse in the Lothians were re- ignited today as new figures showed a soaring number of deaths from liver cancer. Statistics released by the Scottish Government show 62 people died from the disease in the Lothians in 2007 - nearly twice as many as in 2000.
HEALTH bosses in East Lothian say the closure of care homes in the area has led to bed blocking in local hospitals. A recent NHS Lothian board meeting heard how, as a result of the closures, there is now a higher number of people in hospital who should be ready to leave.
A NEW strategy to improve patient safety is to be revealed by NHS Lothian. At its board meeting today, health chiefs will unveil plans to make NHS Lothian one of the top 25 health organisations in the world.
A HOTLINE set-up for GPs to get expert opinions from consultants 24 hours a day has been hailed by NHS Lothian. The establishment of the line has coincided with 80 per cent of stroke patients at the Western General now being seen within seven days.
DOCTORS and nurses are to use hand-held computers to write and read patients' notes. Bosses at NHS Lothian have bought 100 of the devices for their hospitals after a trial at St John's in Livingston, West Lothian.
HIGH rates of bed occupancy in the Lothians are risking the health of patients, an MSP has claimed. New figures show that the occupancy rates at Edinburgh's two main hospitals are above the 85 per cent mark, which some experts cite as the "safe" level.