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Extra £125 a year for essential service shocks former magician

Scottish Borders Council has been slammed for nearly doubling its charges for people who rely on a personal alarm system.

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NHS urges caution to avoid accidents around the home

NHS urges caution to avoid accidents around the home

Householders are being urged by NHS 24 to avoid DIY disasters and garden mishaps this Easter by being mindful of accidents.

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NHS 24 is reminding the public that healthy alternatives to chocolate are available for Easter.

Stay healthy at Easter

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

This highly-infectious vomiting bug is sweeping schools across the UK, leading to a warning to parents to know the symptoms.

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Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

A daily dose of sunshine via Vitamin D pills keeps coughs and colds at bay, according to new research.

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The Royal College of Midwives is concerned about growing pressures on Scotland's maternity services.

Maternity services facing rising demand

Scotland’s maternity services are buckling under the pressure of rising demand, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

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Heads Together chairman Steven Turnbull.

Brain injury charity set to welcome new wheels

A charity helping Borderers with brain injuries is stepping up a gear after landing a £10,000 National Lottery grant.

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Burnfoot in Hawick.

Booze-fuelled bother on decline in Hawick, figures reveal

Although still well above the average for the Borders, there was a signficant fall in incidents of anti-social behaviour fuelled by booze in Hawick last financial year, a meeting heard this week.

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