July 1, 2020

A rapid COVID-19 antibody test developed by diagnostics firm Omega has reached the significant design freeze stage which means it is ready for regulatory approval.

The lateral flow device, which allows people to test for antibodies at home with almost instant results, will now move on to the verification and validation which should lead to r...

June 4, 2020

New guidance has been published to help NHS Scotland prioritise those most in need of cancer treatment.

Whilst the majority of cancer treatments have been maintained during the coronavirus pandemic, the Framework for Recovery of Cancer Surgery sets out how health boards should prioritise cancer surgery as NHS Scotland resumes more services follow...

April 20, 2020

Across Scotland 140,000 children and young people are being provided with a free school meal as part of efforts to support the most vulnerable during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The SNP Government has provided local authority partners with £30 million of new investment to support families unable to access food as a result of COVID-19, wi...

March 24, 2020

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP has announced that community pharmacists across Scotland will perform an enhanced role during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Pharmacists will be able to support more patients, reducing the pressure on other parts of NHS Scotland through the extension of the Minor Ailment Service. 

The SNP Governm...

August 13, 2019

Pregnant women and families with babies and children across North Ayrshire and Scotland receiving certain benefits are to be offered increased access to healthy foods.

The SNP Government’s Best Start Foods payment replaces the Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card, and is now open for applications.

The card, which works in a similar...

July 19, 2019

The SNP Government’s annual flu vaccination programme will return in October 2019 with a public awareness campaign and runs until March 2020.

The vaccination programme will provide everyone who is eligible with the opportunity to receive a free NHS vaccination. The following people are eligible:

  • Those aged over 65

  • Those under 65 with a he...

July 12, 2019

More than 5,000 workers will be trained in how to recognise and deal with psychological trauma.

The SNP Government’s Trauma Training Plan is the first of its kind in the UK and helps organisations ensure their staff have the skills and knowledge they need to support those who have been affected by traumatic experiences.

Police, social workers and...

July 9, 2019

Children and young people across Scotland will benefit from £1.7 million of SNP Government funding to support health boards deliver new standards for weight management services.

The investment comes after NHS Health Scotland published standards services for under 18 year olds, to ensure quality and equal access to provision across the country.


June 21, 2019

Food and drink are major contributors to Scotland’s economy, worth around £14 billion each year. Our 18,850 food and drink businesses, employ 115,400 people and the SNP Government will continue to support the sector to expand sustainably and inclusively through its industry-led strategy, Ambition 2030.

Scotland’s food and drink sector has increas...

June 14, 2019

Scotland will become the UK nation to set maximum limits for consumption of red processed meat over a school week, which will also reduce exposure to harmful nitrites.

The move is part of a new initiative to make school food healthier and increases the amount of fruit and vegetables served, whilst significantly reducing the amount of sugar availa...

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