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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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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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Scotish Health Secretary Shona Robison

Cash boost for NHS Western Isles

NHS Western Isles is set to get an additional £1.1 million in the coming financial year.

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Debra Vickers works as the BHF Cardiac Specialist Nurse (Lead Nurse).

Debra brings Queen’s Nurse title back to NHS Western Isles

NHS Western Isles is proud to announce that a local community nurse has been selected to take part in a special professional development programme that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.

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Petition set up in protest over dentist issues

Petition set up in protest over dentist issues

A petition has been set up by a fed-up island woman urging the Scottish Government to remedy the “appalling lack of NHS registration on Lewis”.

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Memory clinics to help with dementia diagnosis to start in Western isles

Memory clinics to help with dementia diagnosis to start in Western isles

Memory Clinics will shortly be offered by a number of GP Practices within the Western Isles to assist with dementia diagnosis.

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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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Launch of Dementia Friends initiiative - (from left)  Geraldine Ditta (Policy and Engagement Manager with Alzheimer Scotland),  and MSPs Rhoda Grant, Carrie Tran (Office of Gail Ross MSP), Donald Cameron, Maree Todd and David Stewart

Politicians sign up as Dementia Friends

Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs joined forces to sign up and become Dementia Friends in Inverness last week.

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Exceptional Award for Lewis-based nurse

Exceptional Award for Lewis-based nurse

A Stornoway-based nurse has spoken of her shock after winning a prestigious nursing award.

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Spa Spy: The new Chanel Coco Codes Spring 2017 colour collection

The treatment

Playing with the new Chanel Coco Codes Spring 2017 colour collection, which is on counter on 27 January, www.chanel.com. Venue: dressing table, mi casa.

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Perfect Lips.Neck chin cheeks. Sexy Girl Mouth close up. Beauty young woman Smile. Natural plump full Lip. Lips augmentation. Close up detail

Spa Spy: Dermapen, Collagen Induction and Scar Repair Therapy at Aesthetica, Edinburgh

Micro-needling to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin, but without the side effects of lasers and peels

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Pictured are the Reverend Tommy MacNeil and Shona Macleod of the Hebrides Alpha Project with, from left to right, Point and Sandwick Trusts chairman Angus McCormack, vice chairman Duncan Mackay, developer Calum Macdonald and general manager Donald John MacSween

Trust give £30,000 to project in the fight against addiction

The Hebrides Alpha Project, which offers supported accommodation and a rehabilitation programme for islanders recovering from addiction, has received £15,000 from wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

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Progress on new Barra Care Complex.

MSP and Councillor welcome Bara Hospital progress

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan and local SNP Councillor Donald Manford have welcomed movement on the issue of the proposed new Barra Care Complex.

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The gym area at the Lewis Sports Centre has been stripped back ahead of the installation of new equipment.

Comhairle invest into facelift and refurb for four island gyms

Gym facilities in Lewis, Harris, Liniclate and Castlebay are all closed this week as each centre undergoes a significant refurbishment following a £340K investment in new equipment.

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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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Consultants' crisis...around 300 vacancies exist in Scotland, half of which have been vacant for more than six months.

NHS consultants crisis calls for a public remedy

Would you go to the supermarket, fill up your trolley and expect to walk out with the contents for free?

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