Stay healthy at Easter

NHS 24 is encouraging people to make their Easter break a sweet success by pledging to cut down on sugar.

Cabinet Secretary for Health listens to the questions from our readers. Picture: Greg Macvean

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.

Artist impression of the new Murray House dementia unit in Kelso.

Kelso to house the region’s first specialist dementia unit

Developers have been given the go-ahead to build the Borders’ first specialist dementia care unit.

Two cases ofSchmallenberg Virus have been diagnosed in maformed lambs from Scottish flocks.

Schmallenberg Virus found in Scotland

The Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection has been diagnosed in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the Scotland/England border.

One in five referrals were refused in 2015.

Call for a review of children and young people rejected by mental health services

A leading children’s charity is calling for a review of the assessment and referral processes for children and young people with mental health issues.

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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David Burgher of Aitken Turnbull in Galashiels.

Gala architect gives light to dementia sufferers

The boss of a Galashiels-based architects firm hopes to transform the lives of dementia sufferers with the launch of his new virtual reality system.

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Colin McGrath outside Kelso High School where he proposes that the school be made into a village for older people when it is left empty later this year.

Kelso High School retirement home bid

A Kelso community councillor wants the town’s soon-to-be-vacant high school to be turned from a seat of learning into a retirement village.

Gala Fairydean Rovers playing Hawick Royal Albert on Hogmanay at Galashiels' 3G pitch at Netherdale.

Borders council chiefs monitoring 3G pitch research following health concerns

Scottish Borders Council is monitoring research into health risks said to be posed by 3G sports pitches such as those now being developed in the region.

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Martin Malone, NFU Mutuals regional manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland (right) with Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance paramedic Craig McDonald.

NFU Mutual boost to air ambulance funds

Staff at leading rural insurer NFU Mutual have raised much-needed cash to help Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance save and improve lives.

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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Christine Grahame MSP at Caldwell's in Innerleithen.

Ice cream shop bids to take over Innerleithen Post Office services

Townsfolk in Innerleithen are demanding that a permanent post office be reinstated as they are unhappy about the part-time mobile service currently on offer.

Angus Holmes, Sarah Holmes and Frankie Taylor are pictured above handing over �1,200 to the Margaret Kerr Unit and Palliative Care fund at NHS Borders.

Family donate £1,200 to Unit in memory of Ian

Angus Holmes, Sarah Holmes and Frankie Taylor are pictured above handing over £1,200 to the Margaret Kerr Unit and Palliative Care fund at NHS Borders.

Borders General Hospital

Watchdog rejects patient’s complaint over BGH treatment

A watchdog has rejected a complaint levelled against NHS Borders by a male patient regarding the care and treatment he received during a number of admissions to the Borders General Hospital.

Shona Robison had called on drinks industry to abandon court fight

Health board insists patient safety is key ahead of reform

Cash-strapped NHS Borders is set to receive an additional £2.9million in the coming financial year as the local health board faces further reform.

John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

Time to give credit where it’s due

It’s the time of the year that NHS Borders celebrates its strongest asset – its staff – as the finalists in the Celebrating Excellence Awards are announced.

Karen Lau, pictured right, with link worker Susan Rendell

Shifting the focus from illness to person

“It’s a very lonely time; it’s terrifying. You actually think your life is over. That’s how I genuinely felt – life was done, he was dead, it was over.”

‘Sincere apology’ over treatment

‘Sincere apology’ over treatment

NHS Borders has apologised to the family of a man over the quality of care he received after being treated for cancer of the tongue.

PND Borders volunteers and trustees, from left,  Amy Slorance, Colette Walker, Barbara Wright and Claire Chalmers.

Funding secures future of PND Borders charity

A Borders charity which supports mothers diagnosed with postnatal depression has had its future secured thanks to grant funding of £150,000 this week.

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