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Your views sought on organ donor scheme

SNP MSP Colin Beattie is urging constituents in Midlothian to give their views on organ and tissue donation in the Government’s new consultation to help inform policy.

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Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

A major charity initiative is urging families across Scotland to take action to combat the ‘January blues’ by taking simple steps which will also help to protect their long-term physical health.

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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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Jim Fraser and his 93 year old mum Madge at her home in Penicuik.

Fury at community alarm charge rise

A Penicuik man whose mother depends on the Telecare support service has hit out at Midlothian Council for raising the charge by 46 per cent.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  chats with Jimmy King & Jim Langley in the Day Room Lounge.

First Minister returns to community hospital

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Midlothian Community Hospital on Monday to announce a health and social care integration cash boost.

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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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Exercise your way to a healthy new you this New Year

Exercise your way to a healthy new you this New Year

NHS 24 is encouraging people to take up the challenge of exercise this winter to ward off unwanted illness. Getting fit and healthy is usually at the top of most people’s New Year resolution lists and small changes can help protect against common colds and flu.

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Could you be heading to the land of nod?

What’s your sleep scenario?

Sleepless nights will be a thing of the past as six, fun ‘Sleep Scenario’ characters have been launched to help the nation get a better night’s sleep.

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Do you know when your GP surgery is open?

Do you know when your GP surgery is open?

As part of NHS 24’s ‘Be Health-Wise this Winter’ campaign – Dr Owl is asking people if they know when their GP surgery and local pharmacy are open over the busy festive period.

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Recommendations have been made to improve breast cancer screening.

Calls for breast screening improvements

A series of recommendations to improve the breast screening process has been made following a report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

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LtoR Derek Frizzel Charlotte Picking (Ranger), John Davidson (Farm Manager), Kerry Clark (Regional Manager NFU Scotland) and Ian Kirkpatrick

Your four-legged friend may be man’s best friend, but even the most timid, obedient, and well–trained dogs can cause havoc for farmers if they are 
allowed to run uncontrolled near sheep. In fact, even just being close to the flock in the next field can cause shock and distress to the wary farm animals, which can even result in their deaths.

As you consider walking off the Christmas dinner through the beautiful Midlothian countryside with the dog, you may want to take a moment to think about the danger your pet could present to livestock in the area.

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Just the tonic this festive season

Just the tonic this festive season

NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication, to make sure repeat prescriptions are top of their Christmas list, this year.

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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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Tam Wood, who wants NHS Lothian to amputate his leg. (Picture: Gordon Fraser.)

‘Cut my leg off and end this agony’ – Gorebridge dad

A Gorebridge man who suffered severe burns in a car fire last year is locked in a battle with NHS Lothian to have his leg amputated in a bid to ease his suffering.

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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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Carr Gomm supports more than 130 people across Midlothian.

Midlothian Matters - Staff at heart of care programme

Carr Gomm is a not-for-profit Scottish charity, supporting people and communities throughout Midlothian and across Scotland, writes Karen White.

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There are some simple steps to avoid ill-health this winter

Keeping healthy this winter is nothing to be sneezed at

NHS 24 is urging people across Scotland to look after their health this winter with a few simple steps that can help to avoid illness and take the pressure off busy NHSScotland services over the festive holidays.

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Nine out of 10 Scottish GPs say their workload could have a negative impact on patient care.

GP survey highlights heavy workloads

GPs should have longer consultations with patients in order to help meet their needs, a BMA survey has found. The poll, which received responses from 900 GPs in Scotland, also found that the vast majority of GPs feel that their heavy workload is sometimes having a negative impact on the quality of care their patients receive.

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Bird Flu prevention zone in place

Bird Flu prevention zone in place

In response to the growing number of cases on mainland Europe, Scottish Government declared yesterday (December 6) an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requiring that all poultry and captive birds in Scotland must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds, for the next 30 days. Similar measures have been put in place south of the Border.

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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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