Press Releases 2010

Minor Injuries Clinic Prepares for Another Busy New Year


As 80,000 visitors descend on the capital for Hogmanay, the Minor Injuries Clinic is well prepared for its busiest time of the year

Local nurse helps deliver baby for stranded mum


An NHS Lothian Keepwell Nurse Case Manager, who battled on through the wintry weather to deliver her neighbour’s baby, has been praised for her commitment and dedication.

New Legionella Control system receives Innovation Award


It may not even be open but already the new Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital is winning plaudits for innovation.

New scheme brings elderly care home


A new project which will see older people receive more of their rehabilitation in the comfort of their own community has been launched by NHS Lothian, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.

Rape and sexual abuse information pack rolled out


An information resource pack piloted in NHS Lothian is being rolled out across Scotland.

Continuing to deliver our health services through the snow


NHS Lothian staff are continuing to deliver essential health services to patients across Lothian throughout the snowy weather.

Please give blood this Christmas


The severe weather has meant The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has had to cancel several donor sessions and is now appealing for more donors.

First Scottish child undergoes ‘sat nav’ brain surgery


A seven-year-old boy has become the first child in Scotland to undergo brain surgery using groundbreaking electro magnetic‘sat nav’ equipment purchased by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Delivering health services through the snow


NHS Lothian is experiencing increased activity levels across many services, but is currently managing the additional pressures.

Extreme weather conditions


NHS Lothian is urging patients, visitors and staff to take extra care when travelling in the snow today.

New Clinical Director for West Lothian CHCP


Dr. James McCallum has been appointed the new Clinical Director for the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).

Lothian psychiatrist wins national award


Dr. Sharon Smith, a psychiatric trainee with NHS Lothian, has been named Advanced Psychiatric Trainee of the Year 2010 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Life Expectancy in Lothian Increases


People are living longer in Lothian, according to the latest statistics. Mortality figures for 2005-2009 issued by the General Registrar for Scotland reveal that death rates in the region have been decreasing despite population growth.

Tweet about sexual health and HIV in Lothian


PEOPLE living in Lothian are being given the chance to tweet their views on sexual health and HIV services.

Edinburgh based psychiatry team set national standards


NHS Lothian’s Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) has been named Psychiatric Team of the Year 2010 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Edinburgh veteran honoured at national health ceremony


A former soldier from Edinburgh, who now works with rehabilitating veterans, has been named support worker of the year at a national awards ceremony.

Health checks for Travellers in Lothian


A new project aimed at educating Travellers on health issues is up and running in Edinburgh and Lothian.

Top accolade for Midlothian exercise scheme


A scheme aimed at improving the mental and physical health of people in Midlothian has been awarded a top national accolade.

Travel clinic takes off at Western General Hospital


A new one-stop travel clinic has been launched in Lothian to help prevent travellers picking up nasty infections while abroad.

Recovery concert strikes all the right notes


Final preparations are under way for Edinburgh’s first official recovery concert. The Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme (LEAP) is hosting the concert on Saturday 6th November to celebrate that recovery can and does happen.

NHS Lothian launches major campaign for minor injuries


A new advertising campaign is underway to raise awareness of the minor injuries clinic at the Western General Hospital, which is also celebrating its 16th birthday.

Curtain calls on Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival


The curtain has closed on the Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and it has been another great year for the annual arts extravaganza.

Midlothian public to discover benefits of Occupational Therapy


People with an illness or disability in Midlothian are being urged to find out more about the benefits of Occupational Therapy.

Celebrating Successful Partnerships


The LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) team have scooped a Partnership in Practice Award at NHS Lothian’s annual staff awards in recognition of their work with Access to Industry Transition Project.

NHS Lothian says "Sign Up to Save a Life"


NHS Lothian has launched a new campaign to urge more people to give the gift of life by joining the donor register.

50th anniversary of first UK live donor kidney transplant


One of the UK’s first transplant patients returned to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh yesterday (thurs) to mark the 50th anniversary of the lifesaving surgery.

Work on Musselburgh Primary Care Centre Carries On


Work on the new £20 million Musselburgh Primary Care Centre continues apace alongside some of Scotland’s most exciting archaeological finds. Roman remains dating from 140AD, including human skeletons with decapitated skulls have been found

Tackling alcohol issues in Lothian


As part of a national programme to address Scotland’s alcohol use, patients attending A&E departments in Lothian are being asked to complete a simple alcohol self assessment questionnaire.

Heart Manual DVD Launch


The Heart Manual DVD: Enabling uptake and access in cardiac rehabilitation NHS Lothian’s award- winning Heart Manual today (October 14) launched its first ever DVD version making it more accessible to minority groups.

Top accolade for NHS Lothian’s chief executive


NHS Lothian’s chief executive has been awarded a top accolade for his work in healthcare management.

Response to Adam Morris, EEN, on annual accounts


Alan Boyter response to Adam Morris, EEN

New Midlothian Community Hospital Opens Early


Midlothian Community Hospital, the first new hospital in Lothian providing single, en-suite rooms, is open and fully operational from (Monday, 13 September 2010) six weeks ahead of schedule

Out of Hours Moves In


One of the first healthcare services takes up residency at Midlothian Community Hospital

Royal Victoria Building work underway


Building work has now officially begun on the £43.6m Royal Victoria Building (RVB) after Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon cut the turf on the exciting new development

Join the NHS Lothian Team...


Do you live or work in the NHS Lothian area? Have you ever wanted a say in the decisions taken by NHS Lothian? If so, this could be for you...

NHS Lothian warns on legal high drugs


NHS Lothian is offering advice about the danger of 'so called' legal highs following a significant rise in the number of patients attending Lothian hospitals with drug related symptoms in the last week.

Correction to inaccuracies in today's Evening News story


Alan Boyter response to Adam Morris, EEN

Century-old time capsule unearthed at RVB site


A construction worker made the find as an old building was demolished to make way for the new Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

NHS Lothian HQ is moving


As from 21 June, NHS Lothian's Headquarters is moving to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Royal Victoria Building gets final go-ahead


Work will begin on the new £43.6m Royal Victoria Building after it was given the final go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

Response to Evening News article on Workforce Reduction


Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance, NHS Lothian, said: “We intend to increase productivity through staff training, working to reduce short term sickness absence rates, better use of IT and service redesign.

Sowing the seeds for a healthier future


Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, MSP, officially opens the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Community Gardens Project today (18 May) and sees the positive impact of gardening on health and wellbeing.

Children's Clinical Research Facility celebrates first birthday


Thousands of children across Scotland, the UK and beyond are benefiting from the pioneering research taking place in dedicated facilities at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

NHS Lothian driving to boost efficiency


NHS Lothian has set out plans to boost efficiency and make £31m of savings across the organisation, to help tackle the financial challenges facing the public sector.

Designs for new hospital for children and young people go on show


A series of public information events will be held over the coming weeks to allow members of the public and NHS Lothian staff to view and comment on the proposed development.

Dr Paul Morrison response to Evening News 'Dementia Patients' Article


I write in response to your article of 13th April (News uncovers families’ heartbreaking tales of dementia patients ‘left to rot’ in Lothian hospital wards).

Construction work begins on short stay centre


Building work is underway to create the state-of-the-art surgical centre at St John's Hospital.

Royal Victoria Building takes important step


The new £43.6m Royal Victoria building has taken an important step forward after it was granted planning permission today (07/04/2010).

Childhood immunisation uptake increases


Uptake levels of childhood immunisations across Lothian rose during 2009 according to figures published today (Thursday 25 March).

Children and young people have their say on hospital design


Children and young people aged from 3 to 17 have been asked to share their ideas and aspirations for the new RHSC as part of the design consultation process.

Triple Transplant Breakthrough


Patients, in Scotland and England, have been given an amazing second chance after they took part in the pioneering triple operations, which signal a new era in transplantation.

Drive to encourage Hep C testing in Edinburgh and the Lothians


People in Edinburgh and the Lothians at risk of having the Hepatitis C virus are being encouraged to come forward for testing as part of a new Scottish Government campaign.

Return to Work Open Day


Working Health Services Lothian, an innovative, pilot programme helping people to return to or remain in employment, is opening its doors to the public next week.

Group A streptococcal infection update


A hospital ward affected by the Group A Streptococcal infection has begun admitting new patients.

NHS Lothian scoops top awards


The Communications team scored four gold trophies in the prestigious Communicators in Business (CiB) Scotland Awards 2010, which celebrates the achievements of the country’s private and public sector experts.

NHS Lothian Annual Review 2010


The NHS Lothian Annual Review meeting will take place at 2.00 pm on Monday 13 September 2010

Group A streptococcal infection


A man who had been treated in NHS Lothian for the Group A streptococcal infection has died.

Year of Celebrations to Mark 150th Birthday of Royal Hospital for Sick Children


This week sees the launch of a year of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Edinburgh’s internationally-renowned Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Resurfacing works at St John’s


Some traffic restrictions may apply over the next two months as the work takes place, but access to the car parks, bus stops, and A&E will not be restricted.

It’s all smiles at St John’s


People in West Lothian are set to benefit from a state-of-the-art dental unit officially opened by Public Health Minister Shona Robison on (Tuesday, 26 January 2010)

Birthing Centre Design Unveiled


Pictures and plans have been revealed for the first time and give an idea how the midwife-led facility will look when it is built at Simpson’s Centre for Reproductive Health at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE).

Levels of ‘C diff’ within NHS Lothian Continue to Fall


NHS Lothian’s rate is below the national average and the 47 cases among people of all ages recorded in December 2009 is the lowest since records of mandatory surveillance began.

Celebrate Burn’s Day and Battle Tooth Decay


NHS Lothian is encouraging schools to opt for healthy drinks as part of their Burns celebrations.

Arrival of New Nursing Team


A dedicated team of nurses has been recruited for the Family Nurse Partnership programme in NHS Lothian, a service aimed at providing healthcare and support to first-time, teenage parents in the city of Edinburgh.

Musselburgh plans given the go ahead


Plans for the state-of-the-art Musselburgh Primary Care Centre have taken a step forward with full planning permission granted by East Lothian Council.

Midlothian Venue for NHS Lothian Board Meeting


NHS Lothian’s next board meeting is set to take place in Mayfield, Dalkeith, on 27 January, as part of its ongoing commitment to hold board meetings in different parts of Lothian.

Stories of Changing Lives


The Patients’ Council at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital is set to launch a book of stories from patients, carers and staff about moving from hospital-based care into community care.

New national image for NHS Lothian


A new era for NHS Lothian was launched today (Tuesday 12 January) when new recruits Claire Watt and Sally Dedecker became the first members of staff to receive their new national uniforms.

'Bear with us’ as improvements are made to A&E at RHSC


Work will begin this week to improve the accident and emergency (A&E) facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh.

Kids ‘Get Going’ with new healthy regime


A NEW programme designed to help children kick-start a healthy regime is being launched in Edinburgh.