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Stay healthy at Easter

NHS 24 is encouraging people to make their Easter break a sweet success by pledging to cut down on sugar.

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Cabinet Secretary for Health listens to the questions from our readers. Picture: Greg Macvean

Striking a healthy balance

Bolstering primary care, discharging hospital patients swiftly, and efficiently delegating work away from GPs are among the priorities to transform the health service in Scotland, according to the country’s health minister.

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Two cases ofSchmallenberg Virus have been diagnosed in maformed lambs from Scottish flocks.

Schmallenberg Virus found in Scotland

The Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection has been diagnosed in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the Scotland/England border.

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One in five referrals were refused in 2015.

Call for a review of children and young people rejected by mental health services

A leading children’s charity is calling for a review of the assessment and referral processes for children and young people with mental health issues.

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Health secretary Shona Robison announced extra funding for Scots GPs

Where next for the NHS in Scotland?

Last month, a team of Johnston Press reporters picked their way through 44 area plans which could bring about the biggest shake-up in healthcare in England for a generation.

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What would you ask Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison?

We ask the questions that matter to you ...

The woman in charge of the NHS in Scotland is to be put on the spot about the state of the service by our readers.

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Henry Simmons wants to see innovative projects enter the awards

Still time to enter innovative awards

The deadline for entries to the celebrated Scotland Dementia Awards is just a few weeks away, but there is still time to enter.

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Health Secretary Shona Robison
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NHS D&G get extra £4.2million

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is set to receive an additional £4.2million in the coming financial year, Scottish Government health secretary Shona Robison announced this week.

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Karen Lau, pictured right, with link worker Susan Rendell

Shifting the focus from illness to person

“It’s a very lonely time; it’s terrifying. You actually think your life is over. That’s how I genuinely felt – life was done, he was dead, it was over.”

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Female nurse checking a patient's blood pressure

Hospital hosts nursing recruitment day

There has never been a more exciting time to become part of the nursing family in NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Acute and Diagnostic Directorate.

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Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

This highly-infectious vomiting bug is sweeping schools across the UK, leading to a warning to parents to know the symptoms.

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Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

A daily dose of sunshine via Vitamin D pills keeps coughs and colds at bay, according to new research.

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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

300 operations were cancelled in 2016

Over 300 operations were cancelled in 2016 because hospitals in Dumfries and Galloway did not have the resources to cope, said a Labour MSP this week.

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The Royal College of Midwives is concerned about growing pressures on Scotland's maternity services.

Maternity services facing rising demand

Scotland’s maternity services are buckling under the pressure of rising demand, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

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Cervical screening is at a 10-year low while the number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent.

Concern as cancer screening hits 10-year low

The number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent while the number of women attending cervical screening has reached a 10-year low, a national charity has warned.

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Flu vaccine call for at risk groups

Flu vaccine call for at risk groups

Scotland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer has issued a call for people at risk of flu to get their vaccine as early as possible this year.

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Emma Harper MSP

MSP supports GP efforts

South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper has supported efforts to recruit more GPs to the south West of Scotland.

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An artist's impression of the admissions hall in the new hospital.

New hospital delivering more jobs

Construction of the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has resulted in 215 new jobs – 55 more than planned – for people from the region, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.

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Tips on beating the winter blues are available from the NHS online.

Help to beat the winter blues

People are being encouraged to take some time for themselves to help beat the post-Christmas winter blues.

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How the new hospital will look when it is finished

First Minister sees progess at new infirmary

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrived in Dumfries this morning to visit the new build of Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary on Monday to see the progress being made on the hospital which is due to open later this year.

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