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Concern as cancer screening hits 10-year low

The number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent while the number of women attending cervical screening has reached a 10-year low, a national charity has warned.

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Thomson Court, Rothesay.

“Please come and have your say on health redesign”

Bute’s local area manager for adult services has issued a plea to the public to get involved in engagement events being held on the island over the future delivery of health and social care.

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Baby Charlie with mum Emma, big sister Kitti, and dad Stuart, at their home in Ardbeg.

‘Charlie’s our wee fighter’

A baby born with a rare, life-threatening heart condition enjoyed his first Christmas on Bute after finally being allowed home from hospital.

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Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

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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Breathing Space is a free helpline for anyone feeling down, depressed or anxious, where callers can speak to trained advisors in confidence.

Give yourself some breathing space

NHS 24 is encouraging people to take some time for themselves this January to beat the winter blues.

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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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Jean Moffat and Jim Findlay at Argyll and Bute Council headquarters at Kilmory, Lochgilphead.

Rallying cry issued from local group to have your say at health plan events

The local group behind the campaign to save Thomson Court’s day centre has issued a call to action to the public to get involved in the community engagement events being held on Bute over the next six weeks.

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Haemodialysis patients typically spend four hours a day, three days a week, having their blood cleaned by a dialysis machine.

Kintyre dialysis unit’s success is welcome news for Bute campaign

Thanks to the success of an outreach community dialysis unit in Campbeltown, Bute is one step closer to seeing a similar unit established on the island.

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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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The Moat Centre in Stuart Street (pictured) is one of three locations across the island which will host the health and social care 'engagement events'.

Public encouraged to take part in Bute engagement events

People on Bute are being invited to have their say in the New Year on health and social care service priorities following the six-month halt on plans to close Thomson Court Day Centre.

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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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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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Representatives from Isle of Bute Trust, For Bute, the island's ambulance service, Bute Blacksmiths and Rothesay Harbour pictured at the handover of the new ambulance shelter on Rothesay Pier on Thursday morning.

Pier shelter given back to community

Thanks to a partnership between the Isle of Bute Trust and For Bute, a shelter which provides cover for ambulance transfers has been handed back to the community.

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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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Allan McFarlane, of Bute Kidney Patients Support Group, receives a cheque for �1,000 from Argyll and Bute Trust's chairman, Dan Edgar.

Trust supports Bute’s dialysis campaign

The coffers of Bute Kidney Support Group’s dialysis unit campaign have received a massive boost this week in the form of a donation of £1,000 from Argyll and Bute Trust.

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Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

More needs to be done to tackle Scotland’s “biggest health and social care challenge”, according to dementia campaigners.

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Crisis looming as third of Scotland’s GPs plan to retire in five years

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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Nine out of 10 Scottish GPs say their workload could have a negative impact on patient care.

GP survey highlights heavy workloads

GPs should have longer consultations with patients in order to help meet their needs, a BMA survey has found. The poll, which received responses from 900 GPs in Scotland, also found that the vast majority of GPs feel that their heavy workload is sometimes having a negative impact on the quality of care their patients receive.

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Be sure to order repeat prescriptions, and stock up on over the counter medicines, in plenty of time ahead of Christmas.

Don’t forget about your prescription this Christmas!

NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication to make sure repeat prescriptions are top of their Christmas list this year.

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