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2008-10-13 15:00:23

EMPLOYERS in East Lothian have signed a pledge to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness. Depute provost Roger Knox and chief executive Alan Blackie signed the pledge on behalf of East Lothian Council, committing to work as part of the national See Me campaign to eliminate discrimination against those with mental health problems. Councillor Knox said: "The See Me campaign is an important step forward in challenging misperceptions about mental illness." (c) 2008 Evening...

2008-10-11 09:00:14

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. Fire and Rescue services had to cut the van driver out of his vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment. The 52-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and last night was described as being in a critical condition....

2008-10-10 15:00:29

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. It is the first school in the Lothians to achieve the recognition, which rewards the school's achievements including the mainstreaming of health and well-being across the curriculum, its endeavours in the Active...

2008-10-02 12:06:58

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. The death toll is also the highest ever recorded since records began in 1985 - when only 21 people died of the disease. The statistics for Lothian are in keeping with the national trend,...

2008-09-29 09:00:56

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. Latest figures show that while bed blocking is still behind Scottish Government targets in the Lothians, improvements have been made. In July there were 108 cases in the Lothians, which fell to 81 in August. The agreed...

2008-09-24 12:00:37

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. The NHS Lothian Quality Improvement Strategy will run until 2011, and it is expected the board will rubber stamp its implementation. Dr Charles Swainson, medical director for NHS Lothian, said: "We want to make a safe system even safer to ensure high quality care for patients....

2008-09-23 12:00:51

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. It means when someone attends a GP's surgery they can book an appointment by telephone, with the patient then usually being seen within a couple of days, and seek additional advice. Research has shown that after a stroke, an additional one...

2008-09-20 12:00:53

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. Officials are confident the "mobile clinical assistants" will mean better care for patients. NHS Lothian medical director Dr Charles Swainson said: "By reducing the time spent on administrative tasks, they allow clinicians to spend more time with patients." Bosses say the...

2008-09-19 12:00:35

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. The Western General is at 91 per cent and the ERI at 87 per cent. Edinburgh Central MSP Sarah Boyack said: "I am deeply concerned that the Scottish Government is failing to provide enough hospital beds. Occupancy rates of over 90 per...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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