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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...

2008-10-01 00:14:13

DOCTORS and nurses are having acting classes to improve the way they break bad news to patients and families. Around 100 NHS Lothian medics have taken part in role-play workshops to boost their communication skills. They are part of the health board's compassionate care programme featuring actors from Forum Interactive, an Edinburgh company who use acting as a teaching tool. Medics learn that eye contact can make all the difference when telling a patient or family about death or serious...

2008-09-29 09:00:56

By ADAM MORRIS SPECIALLY-trained "phobia" dentists are set to go to work in the Lothians, helping those too terrified to have their teeth touched. Patients fearful of a trip to the dentist's chair will be among those helped at a GBP 1 million new walk-in surgery in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. The centre, which will be officially opened tomorrow by health secretary Nicola Sturgeon, will allow patients to be treated on-the- spot, as well as providing additional NHS support for the area....

2008-09-29 06:00:32

HEALTH bosses are preparing to meet with council officials to discuss planning permission for the new Sick Kids hospital. It is expected the series of meetings will take place to discuss how best to ensure outline planning permission for the eagerly anticipated hospital goes through without a problem. It is seen as the next crucial step after the Scottish Government approved NHS Lothian's business case for the hospital and agreed to supply the bid with GBP 50 million. The acceptance...

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...

2008-09-11 15:00:40

By BRIAN DONNELLY ART was a career in which she immersed herself after the death of her husband, but Miriam Vickers faced the possibility of losing that too after her sight was threatened. But the woman who feared she may go blind has thanked the medical staff who saved her sight by giving a series of paintings to their hospital. Ms Vickers, a professional artist based in Edinburgh, could have lost her sight in one eye in 2006 after suffering complex retinal detachment. She said it...

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,...

2008-09-09 15:00:41

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT HEALTH Secretary Nicola Sturgeon yesterday gave her personal commitment to the future of a Scottish hospital as patients demanded a review of cuts that have already been made. Concern about removal of services from St John's Hospital in Livingston was running high at the annual performance review of health board NHS Lothian. During the public question and answer session, Ms Sturgeon, who reversed decisions to shut A&E departments in...

2008-09-05 06:00:08

Genetix Group, a cancer diagnostic and biopharmaceutical technologies group, has received a contract to develop and implement a nationwide network of automated cytogenetic analysis systems from NHS National Services Scotland. Cytogenetics is the investigation of the structure, function and abnormalities of human chromosomes, and Genetix's CytoVision is said to be the most widely used imaging and analysis cytogenetics workstation in the world. The project will connect NHS National Services...

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...


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