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Colin Smyth - Labour - South Scotland

Recruitment crisis in NHS needs fixed

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has spent over £7.5 million on medical locums in the year ending March 31, 2019, and South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth says its time the Scottish Government fixed the NHS recruitment crisis.

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Nicole Mooney and 36-hour old baby Imogen with Breastfeeding Network (BfN) Peer Supporter Caroline Furey.

Pilot offers new mums peer support

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is testing a model which brings together maternity and health visiting services, infant feeding teams and peer supporters from an integrated infant feeding team.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to One Parent Family Scotland in Glasgow in December when she announced  the first payments of the Best Start Grants Pregnancy and Baby Payments.

New benefits help low income families

A total of 200 families in South Ayrshire received a Scottish Government Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment in the first three months since it launched in December 2018.

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Quiet Rooms are being created in NHS Ayrshire & Arran's two main hospitals.

Hospitals’ new Quiet Rooms

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has recently launched a project to completely overhaul the relative rooms at University Hospitals Ayr and Crosshouse. All the existing relative rooms in NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s two main hospitals are being renovated as part of a project known as Quiet Rooms.

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