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  • Health minister faces Withybush baby unit legal challenge

    December 23, 2013 3:04 PM 12

    Health Minister Mark Drakeford faces a legal challenge over his decision to give the go-ahead for the closure of the specialist baby care unit at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. An application is being made for a judicial review following his approval of Hywel Dda health board's plans. It is part of wide-ranging proposals to reorganise health services

  • NHS Scotland 'prepared for winter'

    December 23, 2013 3:04 PM 13

    Health boards across Scotland are prepared for winter pressures ahead of the festive period this year, according to the Health Secretary. Alex Neil says contingency plans are in place to help the NHS cope with the expected rise in the number of people visiting A&E this season. Last year saw increased pressures from respiratory illnesses and an early

  • Patients moved after chemical leak at ERI

    December 23, 2013 1:09 PM 9

    Patients have been moved from two wards near a basement in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary that has been evacuated due to a chemical leak. It is understood sodium chlorite solution is one of the chemicals involved in the incident. Lyn McDonald, ERI hospital director, said: "As a precautionary measure we have moved some patients from two wards which were near to the affected

  • Hospital unit leads to 'major' improvements at Queen's

    December 23, 2013 11:02 AM 11

    A HOSPITAL unit which opened its doors in the summer has had a ‘major’ impact on improving services at Queen’s Hospital, bosses have claimed. The addition of the acute assessment centre attached to the A&E department at the site, has eased the pressure on the busy emergency area, and helped boost it to become one of the best-performing casualty departments

  • Plea to help stop the spread of winter bug

    December 23, 2013 10:02 AM 10

    Sunday 22nd December 2013, 4:36PM GMT. ISLANDERS are being urged to help stop the spread of the norovirus sickness bug this winter. A severe outbreak of the winter vomiting bug swept the Island last year and forced the closure of the General Hospital’s Corbière Ward. The warning comes after several cases of the illness have been reported in Jersey in the last couple

  • Majority of Scottish weight loss surgery on women

    December 23, 2013 7:03 AM 11

    SEVEN out of 10 people who had weight loss surgery in Scotland over the past five years were women, according to latest figures. During that period more than 881 people underwent bariatric procedures, 653 of them women. The largest number of procedures in 2013 was carried out by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, where 45 women and eight men had weight

  • Small lifestyle changes 'lower type 2 diabetes risk'

    December 23, 2013 7:03 AM 6

    Modest lifestyle changes in diet and activity by South Asian families improve their chance of losing weight to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study. Making moderate improvements could help to improve their health and wellbeing, an Edinburgh clinical trial has found. The Edinburgh University study was carried out in their homes as opposed

  • British Horseracing Authority announces tighter drugs measures

    December 22, 2013 5:24 PM 16

    The British Horseracing Authority will put greater resources into anti-doping measures after completing a review of their control procedures. The findings come in the wake of trainers Gerard Butler and Mahmood Al Zarooni being banned for five and eight years respectively. The BHA will double testing in training samples and post-race samples will increase

  • Elderly malnutrition highlighted in government project

    December 22, 2013 10:21 AM 7

    A project is being launched to raise awareness of malnutrition among elderly people, with government backing. Nearly a million over-65s in England suffer from untreated malnutrition, says charity Age UK - almost all of whom are in the community. The project will aim to identify individuals in this group and support those who need help to eat properly

  • Add your ideas to the bucket list of a Scots CSI who's beaten cancer twice

    December 22, 2013 10:04 AM 13

    Greig Trout, a former crime scene investigator with the Metropolitan Police, said he wanted to travel the world and follow his dreams after being given the all-clear a second time. His list of "101 things to do when you survive" is a take on the 21st century phenomenon of the bucket list - a fantasy wishlist of things to do and see, set up for those