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Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

A major charity initiative is urging families across Scotland to take action to combat the ‘January blues’ by taking simple steps which will also help to protect their long-term physical health.

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Samaritans are urging people to make Blue Monday, Brew Monday with a cuppa and chat

Put the kettle on and chat, say Samaritans

Monday, January 16, is known to many ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year. But Samaritans of Falkirk and Central Scotland want people to celebrate ‘Brew Monday’ instead.

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Delayed discharges and readmisisons are causing a headache

Hospital discharge delays come under the spotlight

The performance of Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership will be placed under the microscope today (Thursday).

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Tips on beating the winter blues are available from the NHS online.

Help to beat the winter blues

People are being encouraged to take some time for themselves to help beat the post-Christmas winter blues.

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Entries from statutory records have been released onto ScotlandsPeople - the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

Latest birth, death and marriage records released

Entries from important statutory records have been released today onto ScotlandsPeople – the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

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Exercise your way to a healthy new you this New Year

Exercise your way to a healthy new you this New Year

NHS 24 is encouraging people to take up the challenge of exercise this winter to ward off unwanted illness. Getting fit and healthy is usually at the top of most people’s New Year resolution lists and small changes can help protect against common colds and flu.

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Sheena Dunsmore. Picture: Michael Gillen

Kidney Kids’ Sheena on New Year’s Honours List

A charity founder has been given the MBE for her innovation and dedication to children with serious illnesses.

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Teacher is
nominated for award

A teacher in Falkirk has been nominated for a national award after changing the way deaf children are integrated in local schools.

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The Forth Valley Nurses Choir performing at the latest fundraiser for The Helping Little Cole Fund

Forth Valley Nurses sing to help Little Cole

A mum-of-five has thanked the Forth Valley Nurses Choir for helping her raise money for a crowdfunding campaign to help her disabled son.

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Could you be heading to the land of nod?

What’s your sleep scenario?

Sleepless nights will be a thing of the past as six, fun ‘Sleep Scenario’ characters have been launched to help the nation get a better night’s sleep.

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The health board is looking at ways of reducing the waiting times for some cancer patients who are referred to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for diagnosis and treatment

More doctors to ease the wait for patients

Health bosses have vowed to employ more consultants in a bid to treat cancer patients on time.

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Crisis looms as third of GPs set to retire

Crisis looms as third of GPs set to retire

Scotland is facing a medical timebomb in general practice with more than a third of GPs saying they are planning to retire within the next five years.

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Consultants' crisis...around 300 vacancies exist in Scotland, half of which have been vacant for more than six months.

NHS consultants crisis calls for a public remedy

Would you go to the supermarket, fill up your trolley and expect to walk out with the contents for free?

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The Maggies Forth Valley centre will shortly be handed over to the charity by the developers. Picture: Michael Gillen

Maggie’s announces opening celebrations

Looking forward to throwing open the doors of their new centre are the team at Maggie’s Forth Valley.

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Health chiefs apologise over missed brain tumour in child (5)

Health chiefs apologise over missed brain tumour in child (5)

A mother has received an apology from NHS Forth Valley after a paediatrician failed to spot her five-year-old child’s brain tumour at an earlier stage.

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Scottish Ambulance Service is NOT a taxi for drunks

Scottish Ambulance Service is NOT a taxi for drunks

As you’re pulling that cracker on Christmas Day or downing your first half of the New Year, spare a thought for people who won’t be enjoying the festivities.

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While doctors close, some pharmacies are open

Health advice for festive season

While doctors’ surgeries will close for four days over Christmas and again over New Year, there are other ports of call if you don’t feel to great. NHS Forth Valley has issued the following advice.

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Recommendations have been made to improve breast cancer screening.

Calls for breast screening improvements

A series of recommendations to improve the breast screening process has been made following a report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

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Gifts are handed over by staff from MP Locums and The Howgate Shopping Centre following a fundraiser and collection

It’s just what the doctor ordered

Kind-hearted staff and shoppers helped brighten Christmas for patients in Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s children’s ward.

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Donna Dunlop and son Rory Wilson, who is now fully recovered after having two liver transplants in 2015. Picture: Michael Gillen

Thank you for saving my boy’s life – twice

A grateful mum said that every day she remembers the donors who gave her younger son a second chance at life.

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