Category Archives: Health

Alcohol Focus

The charity Alcohol Focus has produced alarming statistics about the downside to Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. While most of us drink responsibly the impact alcohol abuse has on society is worrying. Every week 22 Scots die from alcohol, 6 out … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day 2016

1st of December is World AIDS Day, and I am proud to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV, and to remember those that have died from the virus. This is an important day for so many people – … Continue reading

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GP crisis – Moffat Practice

My constituents in Upper Clydesdale received a blow last week when it was announced that the Moffat High Street Surgery has been unable to secure a GP to take on the practice and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board have stepped … Continue reading

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Wear it Pink!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Now is asking you to Wear it Pink!  We all know someone affected by breast cancer and the money you raise will go into researching how to prevent cancer, how to detect … Continue reading

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National Deaf Children’s Society – getting it right from the start

Representatives from the National Deaf Children’s Society were in the Parliament recently to publicise and raise awareness of their report – Getting It Right from the Start. I was asked to explain to Joanne O’Donnell, from the Society, which picture … Continue reading

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TAKE PART – NHS Centre for Integrated Care closure

A consultation on the potential closure of the inpatient ward of the NHS Centre for Integrated Care in Glasgow is currently taking place. If the proposals are successful services will be provided on an outpatient basis only with no long … Continue reading

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NHS Lanarkshire’s proposals to shape our future health service

I recently attended a meeting with NHS Lanarkshire senior management to learn more about Lanarkshire’s health care strategy, Achieving Excellence.  By developing greater community support through an integrated health and social care service there is a desire to keep people … Continue reading

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Coffee and a chat at Healthy Valleys’ new Lanark Community Café.

Healthy Valleys has recently opened a community café at St Mary’s Hall in Lanark and already it’s proving a popular destination for bite to eat and a blether. I went along last week to find out a bit more about … Continue reading

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Positive Persons’ Manifesto

HIV Scotland has published its Positive Persons’ Manifesto 2016, to raise awareness of those living with HIV in Scotland. Following consultation with HIV positive people at a Forum discussion, the manifesto reflects the experiences and challenges they face, and potential … Continue reading

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Lanark Medical Centre – New Appointments System

From the 20th June 2016 the Woodstock Medical Centre in Lanark are operating a new appointments system. When you call to make an appointment you will speak directly with a GP who will discuss and agree the most appropriate care … Continue reading

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