Optician - not GP for eye problems

People in Ayrshire are being encouraged to visit their local optician instead of their GP if they experience eye problems.

The Thrift Shop in Ballantrae.

Major step forward for BRICC group to build care home in Ballantrae

Carrick Futures has awarded Ballantrae Rural Initiative Care in the Community (BRICC) £75,000 towards the building of a residential care home in Ballantrae.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Volunteer at hospitals in Ayrshire.

Hospital search for volunteers in Ayrshire

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is hoping that 2017 will be the year that more local people than ever choose to give their time to help others by volunteering.

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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Dr Jenny Preston.

New year honour for Ayrshire consultant

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Consultant Occupational Therapist, Dr Jenny Preston, is to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2017 Honours List.

Louisa Hyslop.

Pregnant women urged to get flu jab

Pregnant women across Ayrshire are being urged to get vaccinated against flu as health professionals outlined the risk of flu for expectant mothers and their babies.

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.

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.

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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Public health minister Aileen Campbell (right) recently visited NHS Scotland's national distribution centre.

NHS ready for winter challenges

The NHS in Scotland is preparing to be on the “front foot” this winter and the public and local communities are being encourage to do the same to do the same.

Both families believe mistakes were made at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

Longer visiting times for hospital wards

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is introducing more flexible visiting times across University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse.


Secure Hillcrest future

Families, staff, and the wider public are being given the chance to give their views on plans looking at local authority provision of residential care for older people.

An audiology hearing test

Charity survey calls for NHS to do more

NHS audiology services in Ayrshire and Arran are being urged to do more to meet the individual needs of people with hearing loss.

Ayr Hospital is one of the hospitals in Ayrshire and Arran with an A+E department.

Ayr Hospital performing below national average

University Hospital Ayr is currently over 10 per cent worse than the nation average regarding the waiting time for patients in the accident and emergency unit.

Most shop-bought chickens in the UK contain food poisoning bugs, the FSA has warned. Picture: Getty

Bug in 73% of shop-bought chickens, FSA warns

ALMOST three-quarters of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter, a major investigation by the Food Standards Agency has found.

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