Scottish Health

Scottish Health

Legal bid to stop pregnant women taking abortion pills at home

A legal challenge over plans to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home will be heard in full in May.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and The Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Glasgow. Picture: Emma Mitchell

Robison apologises over infected water scare at Glasgow hospitals

Health Secretary Shona Robison has apologised to patients and families affected by testing for bacteria in the water supply at two Glasgow hospitals.

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Miles Briggs joins Cameron Fraser and staff to cut the ribbon at a refurbished McDonald's/

Anger as health chief Miles Briggs appears at fast food restaurant launch

SHADOW health secretary Mile Briggs has come in for a grilling – after being guest of honour at the reopening of a new fast food restaurant.

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The recent snowfall has proved popular with sledgers. Picture: PA

Scots woman suffers brain injury while sledging with family

A woman has been left with a brain injury after falling on her head while out sledging with her family.

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Half of Scotland’s restricted patient GP surgeries are in Lothians

Half of Scotland’s restricted patient GP surgeries are in Lothians

One of the largest health service areas accounts for more than half of the GP surgeries in Scotland that are currently operating a restricted patient list.

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Karen Gray with son Murray, who is in hospital due to his seizures, Picture: Ian Georgeson

Mum’s plea for cannabis on NHS to treat her son’s epilepsy

A mum-of-three is calling for medical cannabis to be made available on the NHS in Scotland to help her five-year-old son who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.

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Karen Gray, with her son Murray, five, is campaigning for cannabis-based medicines to be made available in Scotland and the UK (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

Leader comment: Time to allow medicines made from cannabis

Useful treatments should not be denied to patients simply because cannabis is also used illegally.

Opinion 9
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and The Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Glasgow. Picture: Emma Mitchell

Bacteria found in water supply at Glasgow children’s hospital

Children are being treated for infections after a bacterial outbreak in a hospital water supply, a health board has said.

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Deaths in January 2018 were at a record high for any month since 2000. Picture: Michael Gillen

Calls to investigate steep rise in winter deaths in Scotland

Opposition MSPs are calling for an investigation into the biggest rise in winter deaths this century.

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Microplastics were found in more than 90 per cent of bottled water

Tiny pieces of plastic found in almost all bottled water

Tiny pieces of plastic is contained in most bottled water drunk from around the world.

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Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss. Picture: John Devlin

SNP MP urges UK government to allow legal drug-taking rooms

An MP has urged ministers to allow legal drug consumption rooms as they have “real potential to reduce drug-related deaths and continuing harm”.

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More than two in five Scots girls use toilet roll because they cannot afford sanitary products, a survey has found

Girls using toilet roll because they ‘can’t afford’ tampons, pads

More than two fifths of girls have used toilet roll to manage their period because they could not afford sanitary products, a new survey has found.

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British scientist Professor Stephen Hawking attends the launch of The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge in 2016. Picture: Getty Images

Professor Stephen Hawking’s triumph over MND

Professor Stephen Hawking overcame a debilitating rare disease to become one of the world’s best known physicists.

East Lothian Health and Social Care spokeswoman, councillor Fiona O'Donnell, said the partnership was 'facing a very difficult period financially'. Picture: Contributed

Scottish council set to charge learning disabled care centre fees

A local authority is set to charge people with learning disabilities for the use of their day centre facilities and the cost of transporting them to and from their homes.

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Charges for social care are to be introduced in East Lothian (Picture: Getty)

Leader comment: The vulnerable Scots made to pay price of austerity

The news that some of the most vulnerable people in one part of Scotland are set to be charged for day centre facilities is alarming and politicians were quick to express their concern over this latest depressing sign of austerity.

Barlinnie, Scotland's biggest prison. Picture: John Devlin

Warning over psychoactive drugs in Scotland’s prisons

The presence of psychoactive substances is undermining the “sense of safety” in Scotland prisons, it has been warned.

Almost half of Scots who suffer a heart attack outside of hospital are given CPR by passers-by

Almost half of Scots who have heart attack outside hospital get CPR

Almost half of Scots who suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital have CPR performed on them by passers-by.

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A protective box will encase the affected limb in decontaminated air to reduce the risk of infection. Picture: University of Strathclyde

Scots biomedical engineers pioneer limb-saving technique

A new technique which could help save soldiers’ limbs after battlefield injuries has been pioneered by biomedical engineers.

Scotland set to miss target for reducing smokers. Picture: RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty

Scotland set to miss 2034 target to reduce smokers

A government target to reduce the number of smokers in Scotland to below 5 per cent of the population by 2034 will not be met if the number of people quitting smoking does not increase dramatically, a report has claimed.

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A 'superwoman' surgeon who made an eight-mile trek through snow to treat a patient has described her efforts as 'no big deal'

Surgeon says eight-mile snow trek to treat patient ‘no big deal’

A surgeon who trekked through the snow for almost three hours to operate on a cancer patient has been called a “superwoman” by the man she treated.

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