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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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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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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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Cancer sufferer raises funds for fellow patients

Cancer sufferer raises funds for fellow patients

A Mearns woman who is recovering from cancer treatment has raised over £2000 for ARI thanks in part to a fundraiser held in Laurencekirk.

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Stonehaven

CLAN looking for volunteers in Mearns and Stoney

A leading cancer charity is issuing a fresh appeal for volunteers as it looks to extend its support in the Stonehaven and Mearns area.

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Health Secretary Shona Robison.

Additional £16.2m allocated to Grampian’s health services

An additional £16.2 million will be allocated to NHS Grampian in the coming financial year, Health Secretary Shona Robison has 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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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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Memorial bench at Stonehaven Railway Station for train lover Sam

Memorial bench at Stonehaven Railway Station for train lover Sam

A memorial bench has been erected in memory of a little boy from Stonehaven who tragically died last summer.

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.

Aberdeenshire MSP supports sign language training for health workers

A north east MSP has asked the Scottish Government to ensure that health workers providing end of life care are offered training in British Sign Language (BSL).

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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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Emma Steeley from Portlethen will shave all of her hair off for charity on March 6.

Portlethen woman Emma is going “Bald for Bairns”

A Portlethen woman who has been growing her hair for more than 10 years is preparing to shave it all off for charity.

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Four women take on the MoonWalk Scotland.

Go wild at The MoonWalk Scotland jungle theme

Walk the Walk is encouraging people to make one final New Year’s resolution which will make a real difference to others.

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Caroline Thomson

Ruby ball in memory of mum Caroline

A charity ball will be held this spring in memory of a devoted Portlethen mum and teacher.

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‘UK must follow Scotland’s lead on bowel cancer’

‘UK must follow Scotland’s lead on bowel cancer’

Richard and Sarah Haugh from Laurencekirk are backing charity Beating Bowel Cancer’s call to have the bowel cancer screening age equalised throughout the UK.

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Lesley Kane is pictured (right) with her best friend Laura Murphy.

Stonehaven mum beats the odds to survive life-threatening illness

A Stonehaven mum has said she is “overwhelmed” by the support of her family and friends, after she battled her way back from the brink of death in an horrific chain of events last summer.

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Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison.

Something to smile about as dental registrations rise

NHS dental registrations in Scotland are up by 2 million in the last 10 years according to new statistics published this morning.

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