Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

MSP Finlay Carson

MSP to meet with health secretary over GP crisis

Galloway MSP Finlay Carson has secured a meeting with Scottish Government’s Health Secretary, Shona Robison, to discuss the GP crisis in the region.

Pictured left to right are Gill Jess, Cath Callaghan, Kerry Lockerbie, Lynda Glover and Joyce Reekie (NHS Dumfries and Galloway Maternity Services), Finley Becks-Phelps, Camille Becks-Phelps, Paul Mensah (NHS Dumfries and Galloway Maternity Services), Hannah Moore and Steve Phelps.

Marathon team raise £10k for local NHS

Local running heroes Fin and Millie have smashed their targets and raised an incredible £10,000 for local NHS natural birthing.

The Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland will be surveying female doctors.

Improving support for rape victims

Female doctors in Scotland are to be surveyed to find out what more can be done to encourage their participation in forensic examinations for sexual assault victims.

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At the MacMillan Launch are Jeff Ace, Ronnie Nicholson, Helen Keen and Janice Preston

Projects to help cancer patients

Two projects to help cancer patients return to everyday life have been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.

Public health minister Aileen Campbell (right) recently visited NHS Scotland's national distribution centre.

NHS ready for winter challenges

The NHS in Scotland is preparing to be on the “front foot” this winter and the public and local communities are being encourage to do the same to do the same.

Doctor Tom Smith with his latest book Medic on the Move

Book signing to complete trilogy for local doctor

Local medic, Doctor Tom Smith, well known former Ballantrae family doctor, has completed his Seaside Practice trilogy.


Rotary cut ribbon on new decking

A new decked outdoor area at Merse House care home has been opened by the Kirkcudbright Rotary Club president.

MSP Alex Fergusson and Fiona Mackinnon

MSP vows to support breast cancer charity

MSP Alex Fergusson has pledged his support to help Breast Cancer Now stop women in Galloway and West Dumfries dying from breast cancer.

Most shop-bought chickens in the UK contain food poisoning bugs, the FSA has warned. Picture: Getty

Bug in 73% of shop-bought chickens, FSA warns

ALMOST three-quarters of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter, a major investigation by the Food Standards Agency has found.

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Be ready for the holidays

A national health campaign is reminding people in Dumfries and Galloway to know when their GP surgery or local pharmacy is open over the festive holidays.


Wards closed as virus hits hospital

THE highly infectious norovirus – or “winter vomiting bug” – has struck Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for the second time in a few months.


Success for Dumfries health workers

A team of academic staff from the University of the West of Scotland’s Mental Health Nursing team are celebrating a number of successes relating to their contribution to the development of mental health practices and research.


Asbestos cancer deaths up to five

AN increase in people dying from an asbestos related cancer in Dumfries and Galloway has led to renewed calls for a fund of last resort to help injured workers.


NHS chief defends cost of leasing cars for staff

NHS Dumfries and Galloway bosses have defended claims that they are “out of touch with priorities” because staff are uneccessarily driving high-end cars leased by the department for them.


Keep fit with a friend to help keep you motivated

IF YOUR New Year’s Resolution is to do more exercise, you may need something to get you motivated.

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