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Sharp rise in Scotland’s suicide rate

Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years, according to newly released figures.

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Staff at Ayrshire Hospice.

Ayrshire Hospice patients get creative

The Ayrshire Hospice have recently unveiled a series of popular “What matters to me” magnetic whiteboards for use in their in-patient unit.

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BMA Scotland is calling for minimum unit pricing of alcohol following a !0 per cent rise in alcohol-related deaths.

Calls for minimum pricing to tackle rising alcohol problem

Efforts to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland should be redoubled, a leading medical authority has said.

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Shona Robison hopes the bursaries will encourage students.

Bursaries for new graduate medical course

Students on Scotland’s new graduate entry medical course will now be in line for bursaries of £4000 per year.

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Some of the products recalled by MacSween of Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

MacSween recalls haggis products over ‘botulism fears’

A haggis company is recalling various products due to inadequate procedures to control bacteria that may cause serious food poisoning.

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Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

The secret to a long life might be three cups of coffee as a landmark study reveals it reduces the risk of death from all disease.

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Girvan Community Hospital.

Shortage of carers in South Ayrshire

Five patients in Girvan are unable to leave hospital due to a shortage of carers in the Carrick area.

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Ayr Hospital

Ayrshire NHS hits four hour A&E target

The most recent data for NHS Scotland reveals that 96% of patients in NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours – beating the 95% target.

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Supermarket recalls sandwich fillers in food bug scare

Supermarket recalls sandwich fillers in food bug scare

Sainsbury’s has removed 13 of its own-brand sandwich fillers from its shelves following the discovery of food bug listeria in them.

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Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

A major children’s charity has seen a huge rise in emotional abuse being reported over the past seven years – soaring by 427 per cent.

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Visit highlights patient privacy and repairs

Visit highlights patient privacy and repairs

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found issues with patient privacy and building repairs at a ward in Ayr’s Ailsa Hospital.

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Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Young adults are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever as those aged over 54, according to new research.

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Karen Bell, Head of Research and Development, Dr Anur Guhan, Respiratory Consultant, Professor John Lockhart (seated) and Gary Litherland, both from UWS.

Ayrshire NHS team get funding to tackle ‘invisible’ killer

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is delighted to be part of a research team which has been given a major funding boost to help tackle an invisible lung disease responsible for killing more than 6,500 people in Ayrshire in the last 10 years.

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Health Secretary Shona Robison.

NHS Ayrshire annual review

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Annual Review by Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, is being held on Monday 3 July at 2pm in the Lecture Theatre in the Alexander Fleming Education Centre at University Hospital Crosshouse.

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Dentists are urging us to protect our teeth against gum disease.

Gum disease: why are many of us ignoring the warning signs?

New research reveals many people may be increasing their risk of developing advanced gum disease by ignoring blood in their spit when they brush.

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New research by the Oral Health Foundation has found a troubling number of Scottish residents are having to face a 40-mile round-trip to visit a dentist.

Concerns raised about access to dental treatment

A leading charity has expressed concerns over access to oral healthcare in Scotland, as new research reveals an estimated 216,000 of the country’s residents are facing a 40-mile round-trip to be seen by a dentist.

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Health Secretary Shona Robison.

Two Ayrshire GP practices affected by cyber attack

Two GP practices in NHS Ayrshire and Arran were affected by the cyber attack on the NHS across the UK.

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Pictured Left to right: Astrud Gibson, Sexual Health Nurse; Carolyn McAdam, Senior Charge Nurse, Sexual Health; Dr Anja Katharina Guttinger, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health; Deva MacGinty, Policy and Participation Officer, LGBT Youth Scotland; Ann McGinn, Sexual Health & Cervical Cytology Project Manager; Julie McCamily, Associate Specialist; Nicola Cheney, Sexual Health Nurse; and Elaine Savory, Equality and Diversity Adviser.

Award for Ayrshire’s sexual health team

The NHS Ayrshire & Arran Sexual Health Service has been awarded the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to LGBT equality.

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New cigarette laws come into force this month

What smokers need to know about the new cigarette laws

Smokers across the UK are being warned about new rules on cigarettes and tobacco that will come into force this month.

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Smartphone could make injections a thing of the past for some diabetes sufferers

Smartphone could make injections a thing of the past for some diabetes sufferers

A smartphone app that does away with the misery of daily injections for diabetics could be on the horizon.

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