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2008-09-18 12:00:39

By Adam Morris A SERIES of measures have been introduced to boost the number of women being screened for breast cancer in the Lothians. NHS Lothian revealed the action plan after it emerged the number of women tested is slightly below the national average. The current take-up locally is 74.7 per cent, one per cent less than the Scottish overall figure, and well short of the Scottish Government's target of 80 per cent. As a result, the board has outlined a number of initiatives to...

2008-09-12 12:00:35

By Andrew Picken RATS, beetles and cockroaches are among the pests which have been discovered in Lothian hospitals and health centres, it emerged today. Figures released by NHS Lothian under freedom of information laws reveal there have been a total of 657 call-outs for pest controllers since 2005, with 126 visits to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital alone. The majority of call-outs related to mice and ants with pest controllers using a variety of insecticidal sprays or traps to get rid of...

2008-09-10 12:00:51

By Adam Morris THE Scottish Government is set to pledge almost GBP 50 million towards a new Sick Kids hospital to be built beside the ERI, it emerged today. The Evening News can reveal ministers have given their approval for the new hospital, which will be open within five years. The current ageing building in Sciennes will be sold off to help fund the new facility. Chairman of NHS Lothian, Dr Charles Winstanley, said the hospital would be operational by 2013 at the latest,...

2008-08-29 15:00:52

PLANS for a new community hospital have taken a significant step forward after a contractor was selected to complete the project. The GBP 18 million Midlothian Community Hospital near Bonnyrigg will be constructed by Robertson Capital Projects and is expected to be up and running by 2010. Once planning permission is secured, building work will begin. The facility will provide 88 beds for elderly patients with both mental health and physical problems. NHS Lothian's Dr Charles...

2008-08-28 18:00:51

A STALL offering fresh fruit and vegetables to patients, staff and visitors at a Lothians hospital has been launched. The stand has been created at St John's Hospital in Livingston with the hope of boosting the health of all those linked with the hospital. All the produce is sourced within West Lothian and is offered at a knock-down price. Diane Loughlin, NHS Lothian's lead for patient focus, public involvement and health promotion, said: "The aim of the food co-op is to offer...

2008-08-27 15:01:10

A 24-HOUR helpline for people with depression has been launched in the Lothians. A two-year trial of the GBP 1 million NHS Living Life scheme will take place in Tranent, Prestonpans and Cockenzie to see if it makes an impact. It is understood it is the first time a telephone-based NHS service offering psychological help has been introduced in the UK. It is hoped it will reduce the number of people attending GPs to be prescribed with anti- depressive medication. Dr Ian Johnson,...

2008-08-26 15:01:06

PEOPLE suffering from heart problems in the Lothians are to be given an advice manual in a bid to cut attendance at hospitals. The new edition of the brochure, which was first piloted 20 years ago, is aimed at a wide range of heart patients and will be unveiled this evening by health minister Shona Robison. Patients will be told how to look after their diet, exercise responsibly and what risks to look out for. It is hoped it will improve the self-care of sufferers of angina, heart...

2008-08-26 15:01:06

By Adam Morris Target to see patients within four hours of arrival is exceeded WAITING times at accident and emergency departments in the Lothians is at an all-time low, new figures released today revealed. The proportion of people waiting at A&E for less than four hours was 98.2 per cent in June, the best figures ever notched up by NHS Lothian. It is a dramatic improvement from two years ago, when more than a fifth of patients were waiting for longer than four hours. Although...

2008-08-22 15:00:51

By Adam Morris Bold plan will see city facilities moved under a single roof A NEW "one-stop-shop" for sexual health is set to open in the city within the next two years. NHS Lothian is seeking to revamp a building next to the former Royal Infirmary so it can bring together all the services that it offers for sexual health under one roof. The clinic will allow patients to be tested and treated in a single location for the first time. The GBP 6 million project would see the...

2008-08-19 15:01:22

CANCER patients in the Lothians have a better chance of being treated urgently than those in other areas of the country, new findings have revealed. Figures released by the Scottish Government have shown NHS Lothian treat 95.7 per cent of patients within 62 days of urgent referral, well ahead of Holyrood targets. Scotland's chief statistician said of the 345 people who required urgent treatment of their cancer between January and March, 330 were seen to in the two-month target window....


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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