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2008-08-08 15:00:54

By Gareth Rose C.diff rate for NHS Lothian this year was down a third THE NUMBER of hospital deaths linked to the C.diff superbug has fallen dramatically in the Lothians. New figures show the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Western General are performing well compared to most major hospitals in Scotland, with some of the lowest death rates in the country. According to the new Health Protection Scotland report, C.diff was the underlying cause of six deaths over the last six months, and...

2008-08-06 15:00:56

By Gareth Rose HEALTH chiefs plan to stage a recruitment drive to ease pressure on overworked junior transplant doctors in the Lothians. The group are among the hardest working medics in the country putting in up to 57 hours a week - slightly higher than the 56-hour target. Patients fear tiredness will lead to mistakes and have called on NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government to take action. Most medics - like all workers - have to meet a European Working Time Regulation of no more...

2008-07-25 15:01:07

By Gareth Rose HEALTH chiefs have criticised city council proposals to cut the numbers of nursing home beds - despite it continuing to miss bed blocking targets. NHS Lothian gave Edinburgh GBP 7.7 million to build four new homes to move on people who are well enough to leave hospital but not to go home. Two of those homes have now been built, creating 120 new beds, with a further two homes with 60 beds each still to come. However, health chiefs claim the council is now considering...

2008-07-25 15:01:07

By Gareth Rose SUPERBUGS have been recorded as contributing to the deaths of 375 people in Lothian hospitals over the past seven years, according to newly published figures. The Scottish Government statistics taken from death registers reveal the scale of the challenge faced by medics in combating MRSA and C. diff. NHS Lothian is attempting to crack down on both, and says its record has improved in the last two years. Health chiefs also believe there has been inaccurate reporting of...

2008-07-18 15:00:57

By Gareth Rose THE death toll from the superbug Clostridium difficile in Lothian hospitals hit 40 in one year, it emerged today. Government figures reveal more than half of the deaths occurred in the Lothians' biggest hospital, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and Liberton Hospital, which has a lot of elderly patients. It also shows NHS Lothian reported more deaths than any other health board in Scotland in 2006 - the latest year for which figures are available. Greater Glasgow and...

2008-07-09 18:00:35

By Gareth Rose COMMUNITY leaders and residents say they are being short-changed after X-ray facilities and a 60-bed residential unit were cut from health plans. Musselburgh residents fear they will lose out over the proposed state-of-the-art Musselburgh Health Centre. The town's community council was due to meet last night to plan a campaign to try to get the previously planned services restored. Campaigners fear the loss of X-ray facilities at the proposed GBP 15 million centre...

2008-07-09 06:00:21

By Jasmine Jernberg and Steven Stanek, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 9--Anne Arundel County has received state funding to preserve a 183-acre farm in Lothian and is on its way to getting money for two more properties in South County. The state Board of Public Works has approved $2 million in funding for the $2.6 million purchase of an easement on the William Hall farm on Route 2, and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is considering applications by two more farmers for 306...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By Gareth Rose DOCTORS and consultants are failing to wash their hands, causing problems for health chiefs trying to hit Scottish Government targets aimed at protecting patients. NHS Lothian wants them to follow the lead set by nurses who have proven themselves far more vigilant with hand hygiene. The practice is growing in importance in Scotland, particularly after an outbreak of the superbug C Diff at the Vale of Leven Hospital caused nine deaths and played a part in nine more....

2008-06-30 06:02:50

LIVER transplant patients will receive special dental care after their operations under a scheme to be launched by NHS Lothian. The patients will receive dental assessments before and after their transplants and advice on how to avoid problems with their teeth. Patients from the Lothians needing dental treatment that can't be provided by their local dentist will have their dental care co- ordinated through the dental unit at the city's Royal Infirmary. Transplant patients are at risk...

2008-06-24 15:03:07

By GARETH ROSE BREAST cancer cases have reached a record high in the Lothians, new figures have revealed. A total of 678 women were diagnosed by doctors in 2005, the most recent figures available. Cases have almost doubled in the 20 years since they were first collated in 1985. However, overall, cancer rates fell among both men and women in the year up to 2005. NHS Lothian believes its breast cancer awareness and early diagnosis is improving all the time, which could be why...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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