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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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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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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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Entries from statutory records have been released onto ScotlandsPeople - the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

Latest birth, death and marriage records released

Entries from important statutory records have been released today onto ScotlandsPeople – the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

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Stroke victim has to pay her own physio

A Wigtownshire woman recovering from a stroke has had to go private to progress her rehabilitation after NHS care stopped abruptly after a year.

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Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy & Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Avian flu found in Galloway

A wild peregrine falcon found in Dumfries and Galloway has tested positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza.

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Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

More needs to be done to tackle Scotland’s “biggest health and social care challenge”, according to dementia campaigners.

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Crisis looming as third of Scotland’s GPs plan to retire in five years

Scotland is facing a medical timebomb in general practice with more than a third of GPs saying they are planning to retire within the next five years.

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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Ward closed after vomiting bug outbreak

Ward 14 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Annan Hospital remain closed today (Friday, December 9) due to a Gastroenteritis Outbreak.

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A festive fund-raising pack is available online to help MRF finance vital research into vaccines to treat different strains of the disease. Information about symptoms can also be found on its website.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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