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Health

ERI cancels ops ‘due to lack of sterilised equipment’

Health Secretary Shona Robison has been urged to send in a troubleshooter to NHS Lothian after the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh cancelled operations because it could not sterilise equipment.

Edinburgh
Rory and Pearson, a pair of alpacas, are to make their showbiz debut at an old people's home with cult singer Bobby Velvet at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick.

Singer Bobby Velvet forms alpacas trio for North Berwick show

They’re two tall, good-looking Hollywood heart-throb young males who attract second... no make that third, fourth and fifth... glances wherever they go – wowing everyone with their smouldering good looks and ab-fabulous physiques.

Entertainment

Watch: Mum shares video of son’s fit in cannabis oil bid

AN Edinburgh mum has posted a heartrending video of her five-year-old son having an epileptic fit in a bid to get cannabis oil prescribed for him.

Edinburgh
Ministers unveiled the plans to make Scotland smoke-free by 2034. Picture: Toby Williams

Radical new plans revealed to turn Scotland smoke free by 2034

A ban on smoking in council homes is among a raft of radical new measures being considered as part of the “next steps” unveiled by ministers to make Scotland smoke-free by 2034.

Politics
The common cold could be on the way out, according to Scots researchers. Picture: TSPL

Mammal molecule could hold key to curing cold, say Scots researchers

A family of molecules commonly found in mammals including rabbits and guinea pigs could hold the key to a cure for the common cold, according to researchers at a Scottish university.

Edinburgh

Scots consume ‘10 litres of pure alcohol a year’

More than 10 litres of pure alcohol was consumed last year for every adult in Scotland, a new report on the nation’s drinking has revealed.

Health
Karen Gray with her son Murray

Capital mum’s fresh hope in cannabis battle

A LOVING mum seeking medical cannabis to help her five-year-old son’s epilepsy has said “all children” suffering with seizures should be given the oil.

News
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Kelli Gallacher from Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire.

Ill woman begs Nicola Sturgeon: ‘please don’t let me die’

A woman with cystic fibrosis has made an emotional plea to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon begging her “please don’t let us die”.

Health
Theresa May's promise of a 'Brexit Bonus' for the NHS was a political masterstroke. Picture: Getty

Brian Montieth: May is showing a healthy political savvy – at last

You do not have to agree with something people say or do to admire and ­respect the thinking ­behind it or the execution in delivering it. Understanding the skill and craft, the cunning even, of an opponent is an important aspect of gaining some humility.

Opinion

‘I’m excited to get the chance to go back to a normal life’ says brave Kira Noble

IT was the moment Kira Noble and her family had waited four long years for.

Health
Jean Toth has been told she has to wait 45 weeks for an orthopaedic appointment

Lothian patients forced to wait 45 weeks for routine referrals

Outraged patients across the Lothians are being forced to wait almost a year for an initial orthopaedic appointment.

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Too many people are waiting too long for the care they need. Picture: John Devlin

Iain Whyte: The truth about our social care crisis will out

In politics, openness, directness and sometimes even truthfulness can be rare commodities. Politicians will deflect to a different aspect of a topic or avoid a subject completely to avoid something awkward for them or their party. Others will just outright lie. So, it is important to challenge the council’s SNP/Labour minority coalition when it claims it is “delivering a douncil that works for all – more empowered, transparent, and improved public services”.

Opinion

Scottish smokers offered £160 incentive to quit

Smokers across Scotland are being handed shopping vouchers in a publicly funded attempt to help them ditch the habit.

Health
Rugby legend Doddie Weir is set to get a special award at the Local Hero Awards. Picture; Jonathon Fowler Photography and Videography

Doddie Weir to be honoured with special award at Local Hero event

Rugby legend Doddie Weir will be honoured tonight during a special ceremony to salute the Capital’s community heroes.

Health
Ruth Davidson has criticised the immigration target. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Ruth Davidson increases pressure for migration target review as GP rules relaxed

Hundreds more doctors from outside Europe will be available to NHS bosses in Scotland to help ease the recruitment crisis in the biggest relaxation of immigration policy in more than a decade.

Politics
Kira Nobel has posted to Facebook that her post-surgery scans are all clear

Brave Kira given all clear by doctors after op

Inspirational Kira Noble is “over the moon” after receiving the all clear from medical experts following her vital surgery in America.

News
Ronald Mason, 66, and wife Liz' popped down to Fabb Sofas at Straiton with his wife to pay the remaining �877 on a �1900 new suite after a call saying it would be delivered on Thursday morning. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Sick Lochend pensioner shortchanged as furniture firm goes bust

A pensioner with a chronic heart condition has been left devastated after a furniture company went bust just two days after demanding the final balance on his new sofa suite be settled.

Edinburgh
Joanna Lamb, who is a teenage cancer patient and a finalist in the Local Hero awards, at Parliament to promote the Kiltwalk with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Greg Macvean

Brave Edinburgh teenager to lead Kiltwalk

Just four months ago Joanna Lamb underwent major cancer surgery not knowing if she would be able to walk again.

News
Rachel Capaldi is this year's Health Hero award winner

NHS Lothian nurse wins top Health Hero award

Healthcare heroes who go above and beyond have been honoured at a glitzy award ceremony recognising the very best of the NHS.

Health
Hundreds of gallons of water damaged the new site.

‘Severe flood’ damages £150m Sick Kids development

A “severe flood” at the Capital’s new Sick Kids Hospital is believed to have caused significant damage casting doubts as to whether the opening of the £150m development could face further delays.

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