Stroke care improved at Lothian emergency departments


People in Lothian who have had a stroke can now be "seen" by world-leading experts in stroke care immediately on arrival in accident and emergency departments across the area.

New alcohol calculator helps take guesswork out of totting up alcohol uptake


NHS Lothian has just launched a new section on its internet site to help you tot up your alcohol consumption.

Festive Babies in Edinburgh and West Lothian


Journalists and picture desks from daily media outlets wishing information about the birth of babies on Christmas Day and New Year's Day should call: 07770 396 958.

New Nurse Director appointed for NHS Lothian


NHS LOTHIAN has made a key nurse leadership appointment. Melanie Hornett will be joining the board in Spring 2009 as the new Nurse Director, replacing Professor Heather Tierney Moore.

Flu jab target exceeded in Lothian


NHS Lothian has already exceeded a Scottish Government target on vaccinating people over the age of 65 against flu.

NHS Lothian outlines plans for delivering community nursing improvements


An interim appraisal by NHS Lothian has agreed that future work will concentrate on a team approach in supporting patients, children and families, which has been successfully developed over the past year.

NHS Lothian cuts c diff infections


NHS LOTHIAN has cut clostridium difficile infections by a third in recent months, according to the latest available figures.

St. John's Hospital in for Potential Patient Boost


A FURTHER 1,000 patients a year from western Edinburgh could be treated at St John’s Hospital in Livingston in future under a proposal being discussed by the board of NHS Lothian this week

Big Wins for NHS Lothian at top PR Awards


NHS LOTHIAN’S corporate communications team picked up an impressive six prizes at Scotland’s top public relations awards ceremony last night.

NHS Lothian welcomes a national first


The deaf community in Lothian is set to benefit from a new deaf community mental health service.

NHS Lothian instrument sterilisation service clean up in new award


A NHS LOTHIAN team has become the first UK public sector service to receive a prestigious quality award.

NHS Lothian equipment sterilistation service to clean up in new awards


CHANGES suggested by staff at NHS Lothian's Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit are paying off.

New bowel cancer screening is saving lives


NINETEEN people in Lothian are receiving early treatment for one of Scotland's biggest killers after their condition was detected by a new bowel cancer screening programme.

Respect and Protect: HIV Comeback Tour marks World Aids Day


THE HIV Comeback Tour is taking to the streets this month in the run up to World Aids Day (1st December).

NHS Lothian team in UK first


A NHS LOTHIAN team has become the first UK public sector service to receive a prestigious quality award.

Making Patients' Rights a Reality - National Consultation Events


The Scottish Government launched its consultation on a Patients' Rights Bill for users of the NHS in Scotland on 22nd September 2008

Diabetes study halves mortality rate in foot ulcer patients


NHS Lothian researchers have developed a groundbreaking system which could halve the number of people dying from a diabetes-related condition.

Open day is huge success


Hundreds of people flocked to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Secondary breast cancer care to be transformed in Lothian


NHS Lothian has become the first in Scotland to appoint an exclusive secondary breast cancer care nurse.

Going for Gold


LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) is celebrating the graduation of its 50th patient from the innovative community based rehabilitation programme, since its launch in September 2007.

GP Access Survey


Approximately 550,000 GP Patients in Scotland will receive a letter sent to their homes in October 2008 inviting them to take part in the GP Patient Access Survey

St John’s Hospital on track for Baby Friendly Status


St John’s Hospital is on track to receive an international award for its innovative work in breastfeeding.

End of life care: NHS Lothian appoints new adviser


NHS Lothian has moved to better support terminally-ill children, young people and their families through the appointment of an expert in end-of-life care.

NHS Lothian chief executive given top honour


PROFESSOR JAMES Barbour, the chief executive of NHS Lothian, has been honoured by the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh with a fellowship.

West Lothian Outperforms on MMR Immunisations


West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) achieved the highest uptake of MMR immunisation (Measles Mumps and Rubella) in Scotland to outperform the Scottish average of 91.7 per cent

Three Degrees of Success


LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) is celebrating three more patients successfully completing the innovative rehabilitation project- bringing the total number of graduates to 45 since the launch of the programme in September 2007.

Midlothian Patients Set to Benefit


Patients in Midlothian with long term conditions are set to benefit from a pulmonary rehabilitation programme – the first time it has been offered locally. NHS Lothian is providing funding of 64,000 for a one-year pilot.

New team boosts care for Parkinson’s patients


The appointment of two new specialist nurses to boost services for Parkinson’s Disease patients in Lothian has been approved by the NHS Lothian.

NHS Lothian supports Mental Health Awareness


NHS Lothian raises awareness of mental health issues among local communities during Scottish Mental Health Awareness Week 2008 (6-12th October).

NHS Lothian success in use of long-lasting contraceptives


THE number of contraceptive implants in use in Lothian has dramatically increased, according to new figures published today.

General Practices in NHS Lothian Excel with High Performance


The Quality and Outcomes Framework shows that general practices in NHS Lothian are continuing to deliver a high quality of care to patients. The results in this year’s report show that the average score has increased from last year

New Dental Centre Opens it's Doors


NHS Lothian’s new £1 million dental centre in Bonnyrigg has now opened its doors to patients and will be officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing today (30 September).

Rising birth rate prompts extra recruitment


A mini- baby boom in Lothian has led to the recruitment of extra staff in maternity services across the region’s hospitals.

NHS Lothian scores new success on MMR


NHS Lothian has achieved a key government target on the vaccinations which prevent measles, mumps or rubella in children.

Lothian Midwife Scoops Scottish Award


A Lothian midwife has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Scottish Midwife of the Year 2008’ for outstanding work with a mother who lost her sight during pregnancy.

NHS Lothian underlines commitment to patient safety


IMPROVING patient safety is at the heart of a planned new strategy for developing healthcare services in Lothian.

£8.2 million to be invested in St John’s Hospital


Plans have been unveiled to build a revolutionary £8.2 million short stay elective surgery centre at St John’s Hospital.

NHS Lothian in seventh successive achievement on swift A and E treatment


MORE than 98% of patients at NHS Lothian’s accident and emergency facilities were seen and treated within 4 hours in July, according to a new report

New Chair Appointed for West Lothian CHCP Board


Theresa Douglas has been appointed chair of the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) Board. Theresa replaces Bob Anderson who is moving to become chair of the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership.

St John's Stakeholder Group - meeting Friday 19 September 2008


St John's Stakeholder Group - A meeting of the St John's Stakeholder Group will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday 19 September 2008 at Strathbrock Partnership Centre, West Lothian.

LEAP celebrates success - One year on


LEAP (Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme), is set to celebrate its first anniversary and is inviting patients who have successfully completed the programme, as well as current patients to a reunion.

Diabetes in Custody


Pioneering work by NHS Lothian to ensure that people with diabetes in police custody receive suitable care has reduced the number of emergency referrals of prisoners to hospital.

First anti-cancer vaccinations start in Lothian


OVER 14,000 schoolgirls in Lothian are set to receive protection against cervical cancer from today. (Tuesday 16th Sept).

NHS Lothian leads the way in technology


A TRIAL of a new handheld computer for clinical staff at St John’s has proved so successful the device is to be rolled out across Lothian.

Response to the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement on car parking


John Jack, Director of Facilities, NHS Lothian, said: “NHS Lothian has already done a great deal of work with Consort to reduce the car parking charges in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Police continue search for Mary Ferns


Can you help the police in their ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Mary Mcleod Ferns, 88, who went missing from her home in Howden, near Livingston, West Lothian on Tuesday 17th June.

NHS Lothian hits government target on A and E


NEW FIGURES from ISD Scotland show Lothian’s accident and emergency facilities hit a key Scottish government target.

Second “mystery shopper” survey confirms ease of access to Lothian sexual health services


NHS Lothian’s sexual health services have been given a clean bill of health in a national “mystery shopping” exercise for the second year in a row.

Launch of new Heart Manual to benefit patients


A new edition of NHS Lothian’s heart manual was officially launched by Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health, at Edinburgh College of Art on 26 August 2008.

Local produce on the menu at St John’s


VISITORS to St John’s Hospital can now treat themselves to local fruit and vegetables with the opening of a new food stall in the hospital.

Response to Audit Scotland on Palliative Care


NHS Lothian has a well-developed set of palliative care services, as the Audit Scotland report recognises, and we are already meeting many of their recommendations.

Five years of loving care: NHS Lothian respite care service marks 5th birthday


THEY'RE described by parents as a "lifeline" and a "godsend." Now NHS Lothian's respite care service for children with complex disabilities is marking five years of supporting families.

Response to death in Edinburgh


NHS Lothian is aware of the death of an Edinburgh man on Tuesday. At this stage, there is no evidence that this man died of Weil's Disease.

Health Advice on Exposure to Flood Water


Dr Richard Othieno, Consultant, Public Health, NHS Lothian, said: "We have sent out a note to all GPs with advice on the health risks associated with flooding."

Patients take giant leap to recovery


Patients at LEAP (Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) have taken a giant step on the road to recovery as they celebrate gaining Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) certificates at a ceremony at Moray House today (Monday 28 July).

Drop in chlamydia infections in Lothian


THE number of Chlamydia infections in Lothian is dropping, according to new statistics published today (Tuesday, 28th July, 2008).

Childsmile goes the distance in encouraging dental registrations


THE NUMBER of children registered with a dentist in NHS Lothian continues to rise and remains above the Scottish average, as shown by new statistics published today.

NHS Lothian hits target on breast screening


JUST under 50,000 women in a high risk category for breast cancer have taken up NHS Lothian’s offer of screening, according to new figures.

NHS Lothian Invests £500,000 at St John’s Hospital


NHS Lothian is to increase access to specialist dental services at St John’s Hospital, West Lothian with a major investment of £500,000.

NHS Lothian in UK first for patient safety


NHS Lothian is involved in a UK first on patient safety, the board of the healthcare organisation will be told today.

NHS Lothian pilots new ways of tackling C diff infections


CHANGES to antibiotic prescribing have cut the rate of healthcare-associated infection in some high risk areas by half, the board of NHS Lothian will be told this week.

Clostridium Difficile


NHS Lothian has made major improvements since 2006 and we know, from our own monitoring, that the situation is very different today.

Lothian leading the way in cancer care


PHYSICIANS in Edinburgh are pioneering a new form of diagnostic procedure that could help them in the treatment of patients with lung cancer.

NHS Lothian to Lanuch Data Safety Campaign


A data safety campaign is being launched by NHS Lothian following the reported loss of personal information about 137 patients

NHS Lothian staff member loses patient data


A member of NHS Lothian staff has reported their loss of a USB memory stick possibly containing letters with personal information of 137 patients.

Dental care professionals urged to register now


NEW rules on registration with the General Dental Council come into force at the end of July – and dental care professionals who fail to register will not be allowed to work after that date.

Police seek help in search for missing woman


Police in West Lothian are continuing their search for Mary Mcleod Ferns, an 88-year-old woman who has been missing since 9.30am on Tuesday 17th June when she left her house in the Howden area of Livingston.

Lothian children in vaccination success


NHS LOTHIAN is continuing to exceed Scottish Government targets on the immunisation of children against diseases such as polio and diphtheria, according to new government statistics.

Record numbers of doctors and nurses in Lothian


Patients in NHS Lothian are being cared for by record numbers of highly-skilled clinical staff, according to new figures.

New facility for older people given green light


Plans to re-provide medical services for the elderly currently provided at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Edinburgh have been given the go-ahead.

25 Reasons to Celebrate - LEAP


LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) has celebrated the graduation of its twenty fifth patient from the innovative community based rehabilitation project.

Multimillion pound boost for health in Lothian


NHS Lothian is investing nearly £3m in a number of projects to help people in Lothian live healthier lives.

NHS Lothian staff can save £1,000 with car share scheme


NHS Lothian has signed up to a car share scheme to combat global warming and help staff save money.

Volunteers step forward to help the NHS


They are the people manning the WRVS café where you can get a coffee at the end of a hard day in hospital, or the friendly voice on the hospital radio station.

Scotland’s busiest A and E performing well


The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh’s Accident and Emergency is enjoying sustained success in seeing and treating people quickly despite rising numbers of attendances.

Keep the pounds off and avoid ill-health


NHS LOTHIAN will discuss new plans to encourage healthier lifestyles through better diets and physical activity in Lothian at its board meeting tomorrow (Wed).

NHS celebrates Diamond 60th Anniversary


A series of events is planned across NHS Lothian to mark this important birthday.

State of the Art CT Scanner Comes to the UK


RBS today announced that it was investing almost £4million to support the acquisition of a state of the art scanner for The University of Edinburgh's Queen's Medical Research Institute (QMRI) and NHS Lothian.

Lothian sets the standard on Heart attack care


A PILOT project giving Lothian heart attack patients the fastest and most appropriate treatment has been so successful that it has now been made a permanent service.

Simpson’s celebrates winning breastfeeding award


SIMPSON’S Centre for Reproductive Health is celebrating seven years as a Baby Friendly Unit after retaining a prestigious breastfeeding award.

NHS Lothian and Teenage Cancer Trust Working Together


The Teenage Cancer Trust issued a press release earlier today on plans for new units in Scotland.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support, say NHS Lothian


SPECIAL coffee mornings and a tea party are among a host of events being organised across Lothian to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding as part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week ( 11th to 17th of May).

Protect yourself against bowel cancer during Cancer Prevention Week


NHS Lothian is urging people to protect themselves against bowel cancer as part of national Cancer Prevention Week.

NHS Lothian launches new cancer screening programme


Men and women in Lothian aged between 50 and 74 are being urged to help protect themselves against one of Scotland's biggest killer cancers.

First Edinburgh violence reduction programme launched


The first five year strategy to reduce violence in Edinburgh was launched on 6th May by the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership.

NHS Lothian coping well with increased pressure on accident and emergency departments


The number of people going to A and E departments across Lothian has increased by 14% in just three years.

40 Years of Neonatology in Lothian


NHS Lothian is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of the first Special Care Baby Unit in Lothian.



A MEDICAL team in NHS Lothian has become the first in Scotland to carry out a pioneering new method of female sterilisation.

NHS Lothian launches new cancer screening programme


PEOPLE in Lothian between 50 and 74 are being urged to help protect themselves against one of Scotland's biggest killer cancers.

A&E Consultant turns porter for charity


AN A&E consultant has hung up his stethoscope to become a porter for the day to raise money for charity.

Response to press release by Jackson Carlaw, MSP, on compensation payments made by the NHS in Scotland


Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said: “Healthcare in Lothian is generally very safe and these kinds of situations are rare,

Sturgeon announces Pay Deals for NHS staff


Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon today announced a three-year pay deal for NHS staff including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals

New West Calder Primary Care and Resource Centre Gets Green Light


NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council have given the go ahead for a new purpose built primary care centre in West Calder

Record numbers of Medical Consultants at NHS Lothian


THE number of consultants providing patient care in NHS Lothian has risen to record levels, according to new figures published today (Tues 25th)

Patients benefit from Staff ideas


A PIONEERING “change” programme is continuing to deliver improvements for patients in Lothian. The Lean in Lothian programme has already cut delays in CT scanning and improved the way in which older people are supported in leaving hospital

The Midlothian Community Care Partnership is set to receive £110,000 funding support


The Midlothian Community Care Partnership has been allocated £110,000 for their Early Implementers group, which ensures service users and carers are involved in improving their health, wellbeing, social inclusion, independence and responsibility

New Fauldhouse Health and Community Facility gets off the ground


West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, a joint partnership between NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council, has announced today, that work on plans for a new Fauldhouse health centre and community campus is set to start

St John’s Hospital retains environmental award


ST John’s Hospital has retained an international environmental award in recognition of NHS Lothian’s commitment to environmental awareness at the hospital site.



NHS Lothian helps smokers take on the challenge of No Smoking Day.

NHS Lothian's high quality services endorsed by experts


VITAL support services have received a morale-boosting endorsement from international experts in quality management.

NHS Lothian pilots UV light boxes in hand hygiene campaign


Ultra-Violet light boxes have been trialled in two wards in NHS Lothian to encourage staff and visitors to wash their hands properly.

Lothian cataract waiting times reduced


Patients waiting for cataract surgery in Lothian are now guaranteed to wait no longer than 18 weeks for the operation.

Midlothian Community Health Partnership (CHP) launch new website


Midlothian Community Health Partnership (CHP) is set to launch its new website at the Scottish Mining Museum today (7th March).

Three local GP practices set to benefit from NHS Lothian funding


NHS Lothian is set to improve healthcare services at three GP practices with a £1.145million funding boost

Three local GP practices set to benefit from NHS Lothian funding


NHS Lothian is set to improve healthcare services at three GP practices with a £1.145million funding boost

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh announces first successful Scottish live donor liver transplant


The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Transplant Unit is delighted to announce that the first live donor liver transplant has been successfully carried out on a young couple who live in Ardrossan.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh announces first successful Scottish live donor liver transplant


The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Transplant Unit is delighted to announce that the first live donor liver transplant has been successfully carried out on a young couple who live in Ardrossan.

NHS Lothian A&Es coping well with winter


NHS LOTHIAN is continuing to hit a key Scottish government target on accident and emergency waits despite the pressures of winter, according to the latest performance figures.

NHS Lothian A&Es coping well with winter


NHS LOTHIAN is continuing to hit a key Scottish government target on accident and emergency waits despite the pressures of winter, according to the latest performance figures.

NHS Lothian signs Carbon Trust agreement


NHS Lothian has signed a partnership agreement with the Carbon Trust pledging to support carbon emission reduction.

NHS Lothian signs Carbon Trust agreement


NHS Lothian has signed a partnership agreement with the Carbon Trust pledging to support carbon emission reduction

New future for services provided from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus


A REVIEW of mental health services provided from the historic Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus has been launched to ensure patients continue to receive high quality care.

Show your partner you love them: keep them safe


Lovers revelling in the romance of Valentine’s Day are being urged to protect themselves from sexually-transmitted infections.

When Cupid strikes, stay safe


Have fun this Valentine’s day - but keep yourself safe.That’s the message from the HIV Comeback Tour, the pioneering partnership between NHS Lothian and Scotland’s leading voluntary organisations working with gay and bisexual men.

More Lothian pharmacies to offer NRT stop smoking support


THE NUMBER of pharmacies in Lothian offering nicotine replacement therapy is to more than double following early successes with the initiative to make it easier for people to stop smoking.

NHS Lothian takes Top Honour at Scotland's Communicators in Business Awards


A new campaign to raise awareness of the continuing dangers of HIV has been awarded the top prize at one of Scotland's most prestigious communications awards ceremonies.

LEAP Welcomes Royal Visitor


LEAP the innovative, pilot project between NHS Lothian and the drug and alcohol action teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal

Medical research in NHS Lothian benefits patients, staff and Scottish economy


HIGH-QUALITY medical research by NHS Lothian staff has attracted backing worth more than £13m and contributed hugely to Scotland's thriving bio-medical research industry.

NHS Lothian raises awareness of the continuing dangers of HIV


NHS Lothian brought together a number of statutory and voluntary organisations in 2006 to develop a campaign in response to concerns over the rate of HIV infections in men who have sex with men.

NHS Lothian sexual health services praised by new report


NHS Lothian has featured positively in the Scottish Government's second annual report on its Respect and Responsibility sexual health strategy.

Vulnerable people to benefit from joint NHS-council work on care home places


A JOINT initiative by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council is creating more care home places for vulnerable, often elderly people leaving hospital

NHS hits Haddington to help local smokers kick the habit


NHS Health Scotland and NHS Lothian are collaborating on a new stop smoking campaign arriving in Haddington today.

Making Space for Stories


NHS Lothian has teamed up with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to host a special storytelling event, Space for Stories

Availability Status Codes and their Current Use


All patients requiring emergency treatment receive that without going anywhere near a waiting list.

Gender Equality Duty - Equal Pay Statement


This statement has been agreed in partnership and will be reviewed on a regular basis by the NHS Lothian Partnership Forum and the Staff Governance Committee.

Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair Hits Edinburgh


Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups search for volunteer activists and voluntary Management Board members

Making the Leap


LEAP, an innovative partnership programme between NHS Lothian and the drug and alcohol action teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians has been launched this week

Car parking charges at NHS Lothian hospitals


A new car park charging system is unveiled this weekend that will lead to lower charges for many patients and visitors to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

New figures show drop in people waiting for treatment in Lothian


People are being treated more quickly in Lothian, according to new figures published today.

New independent advisory scheme launched


INDEPENDENT help is to be offered to members of public to access healthcare services and have their views represented.

NHS Lothian and Ramadan - Statement


THERE is no question that staff in NHS Lothian have been ordered not to eat at their desks for fear of offending Muslim colleagues

Suicide toll in Lothian at lowest level for many years


THE number of people committing suicide in Lothian has dropped to a 17 year low according to new figures.

Young men targeted with safe sex message


NHS Lothian is harnessing the internet to connect with young men in the fight against sexually-transmitted infections

Mystery shopper finds good service in Lothian sexual health services


AS SEXUAL HEALTH awareness week gets underway, services in Lothian have been commended for offering help quickly

Highest number of dentists in NHS Lothian for ten years


The number of NHS dentists working in Lothian is at the highest level for ten years

Response to staff suspension story


A member of staff has been suspended from work at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children following routine computer security monitoring carried out by NHS Lothian

Better access and clearer roads at Western General


A NEW one-way system is set to come into effect at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital (WGH) this weekend, providing a solution to the ongoing traffic and access problems over the past decade.

Statement on ISD statistics for nursing vacancies


NHS Lothian is a recognised centre of clinical excellence and provides a great range of professional development opportunities to all our staff, helping to support them throughout their career

NHS Lothian Gender Equality Scheme 2007-2010 (Consultation Draft)


NHS Lothian publishes the Gender Equality Scheme (Consultation Draft) on the Internet and Staff Intranet.

Response to ISD Scotland publication on immunisation statistics


NHS Lothian is continuing to be among the top-ranked boards in Scotland on the immunisation of children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, according to new figures from ISD Scotland.

Response to Publication of Figures on Sickness Absence Rates


HEALTHCARE staff in Lothian have lower rates of absence due to illness than the Scottish average for staff in similar roles, new figures have revealed.

St John’s Hospital gets expanded prostate cancer services


WEST Lothian men who suffer from prostate cancer are to benefit from a significant expansion in services at their local St John’s Hospital.

Refinancing deal results in cash boost for patient care


An additional £1 million a year will be channelled into patient care in Lothian.

Response to Executive Release on Waiting Times


Patient care is always our first priority and what is important to us is to deliver the best possible care in the shortest possible time.

NHS Lothian achieves lowest ever level of delayed discharge, national figures show


THE NUMBER of people kept in Lothian hospitals for non-clinical reasons has dropped to the lowest level since national record-keeping began.

New partnership improves services for NHS Lothian's patients


A pioneering partnership between NHS Lothian and US healthcare experts has already delivered improvements in waiting times.

High hopes for NHS Lothian at UK Award night


NHS Lothian's staff newspaper, Connections, has been shortlisted for a top UK Award.

Intensive care staff make breakthrough in fight against healthcare associated infections


NHS Lothian staff have developed a successful new approach to tackling dangers faced by intensive care units across the world.

Review group studying improvements to care and support for people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and Asberger syndrome


THE early findings of a new Joint Lothian Learning Disability Strategy Review were discussed at Lothian NHS Board meeting today (23rd May 2007).

NHS Lothian in £2m investment to tackle killer diseases


PEOPLE with long-term conditions will be among the first to benefit from a major new strategy to modernise primary care services.

Review plays role in increasing theatre productivity across NHS Lothian


THEATRE USAGE - one key measure of productivity - in NHS Lothian hospitals has increased by 16% amid ongoing efficiency drives, according to a new report.

NHS Lothian achieves further success in cutting waiting lists


NHS Lothian has achieved a 30% drop in just three months in the number of people waiting for outpatient treatment.

NHS Lothian Achieves Huge Savings on Agency Nurses


NHS Lothian has reduced its agency nursing costs dramatically in the last three years.

Award Shortlisting for NHS Lothian's Kaizen Work


PIONEERING work carried out by NHS Lothian to overhaul current management of healthcare has been shortlisted in the national HR Excellence Awards

National shortlisting Success for Nurse Jeanette


A NURSE at a Lothian hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

Help find Madeleine McCann


Attached is a poster of Madeleine McCann, the four-year-old who went missing from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3rd May.

Response to ISD Scotland's figures on breastfeeding


Dr Margaret Douglas, Consultant, Public Health, NHS Lothian, said: "Lothian now has one of the highest rates of breastfeeding in Scotland.

Response to queries from Alan Roden, Edinburgh Evening News


Professor James Barbour, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: "Clear guidance has been given to NHS Boards and local authorities on nominating stakeholder members.

NHS Lothian Funds New Lymphoedema Services


In response to enquiries from patients and patient groups, NHS Lothian is pleased to be able to announce the provision of funding for additional lymphoedema services.

NHS Lothian Easter Weekend Contact Details


NHS Lothian's Communications Department will be operating an emergency on-call service over the Easter Weekend.

NHS Lothian Appoints Epilepsy Expert


People with epilepsy living in or near Edinburgh will soon be able to see a leading specialist thanks to the recent appointment of consultant neurologist Susan Duncan.

Books on Prescription Launched in West Lothian


NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council's Library Services have launched 'Books on Prescription',

Out-of hours health care this Easter


The Easter holidays are almost upon us - and with some regular health services due to close for the holiday period, NHS Lothian and NHS 24 are gearing up to manage the expected increase in demand on out-of-hours services.

NHS Lothian sharpens focus on staff safety


The number of staff suffering cuts or needlestick injuries at work in NHS Lothian has dropped by nearly a third, according to new figures.

St John's Hospital - Reality Not Rumours


Claims that St John's Hospital in Livingston is being downgraded and that promises have been broken are completely untrue.

Midlothian Community Hospital Site Secured


NHS Lothian has secured the site for the new Midlothian Community Hospital in an announcement made today (2nd March).

State-of-the-art SMART Centre to Celebrate Official Opening


The official opening of NHS Lothian's new state-of-the-art SMART Centre (South-east Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology Centre), took place on Monday 26 February.

NHS Lothian Achieves Top Score for Cleanliness


NHS Lothian has chalked up a third successive top score in a new national audit of hygiene standards.

Pioneering patient website proves a million a year 'hit'


An innovative website designed by NHS Lothian staff for patients who suffer from kidney disease has become so popular it now receives more than a million 'hits' a year.

Free Health Checks In Shopping Centres


Customers in shopping centres across West Lothian are now able to access a free health check as part of a new initiative being set up by West Lothian CHCP.

Scottish health minister opens new imaging suite at Sick Kids


THE Health and Community Care Minister, Andy Kerr, has officially opened a new imaging suite promising better and swifter treatment for thousands of ill children and young people.

Number of consultants in NHS Lothian at record high


A RECORD number of consultants are now being employed in the NHS in Lothian, according to a paper to be presented at NHS Lothian's board meeting tomorrow. (Wed 24th Jan

NHS Lothian chalks up waiting times success


NHS Lothian hit a key Scottish Executive target on waiting times a full year early despite a record workload.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh Reprovision Project Newsletter


Newsletter launched as work to provide a new childrens' hospital accelerates.

NHS Lothian in new surplus property disposal programme


A SUBSTANTIAL Victorian mansion house in one of Edinburgh's most prestigious areas is about to be sold by NHS Lothian.