April 17, 2020

Commenting on Scotland’s childhood immunisation figures, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP reminded all parents and carers of the importance of continuing to have their children vaccinated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. He said:

“I am pleased that childhood immunisation rates across Scotland remain very high, reflecting both...

April 8, 2020

Additional funding of £5.5 million will be provided to community pharmacies to help them cope with increased pressures from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Pharmacy workloads almost doubled during March, with increased prescriptions, staff overtime and a higher level of consultations all resulting in additional costs for the service.

The additional fundin...

April 1, 2020

The SNP Government, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and other key stakeholders have acted to increase capacity for airlifting coronavirus patients from Arran and Cumbrae, should it prove necessary. These include:

  • Procurement of EpiShuttles, which are single patient isolation pods, to ensure the safety of the patient and healthcare staff duri...

March 31, 2020

The SNP Government has allocated an additional £15 million of funding to GP practices across Scotland specifically to help them cope with extra pressures arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Around a third of the funding is intended to allow practices to remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday if it is safe to do so, helping to alleviate pre...

March 6, 2020

From 2009/10 to 2018/19 the percentage of alcohol related hospital stays under NHS Ayrshire and Arran (NHS A&A) declined by 29.35%, from 4,284 to 3,027 compared to an 11.5% decrease across Scotland.

Whereas Scotland saw 1,316 alcohol related deaths in 2009 (93 in NHS A&A), this had decreased to 1,136 last year (79 in NHS A&A).

New analysis r...

February 6, 2020

Crosshouse Hospital was ranked the UK's best for Accident and Emergency (A & E) training in 2019. This was revealed by Dr David Chung, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, in a fascinating briefing by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) which Kenneth attended at the Scottish Parliament.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“A & E training takes p...

January 7, 2020

A five-year action plan to support people with a neurological condition has been published by Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP.

The action plan will ensure people get access to personalised care and support regardless of their particular condition or where in Scotland they live. It has been developed with the neurological community and...

March 27, 2019

Celebrity endorsements are almost as old as advertising itself, but in recent years there has been a worrying rise in the number of celebrities endorsing diet or weight-loss products, particularly online.

On Wednesday, a debate took place about this alarming and damaging trend and Kenneth took the opportunity to contribute.

Please click on the vid...

March 27, 2019

Information Services Division Scotland figures show that in relation to Ayrshire and Arran over the last ten years cancer mortality has reduced by 2.1%, for strokes it has fallen by 43% and for heart disease by 30%.

Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing said:

“Those figures show that there is a continued downward tre...

March 27, 2019

Waiting times for patients with suspected cancer will be targeted in an action plan which will introduce new technologies, additional clinics and additional training for staff.

The revised Endoscopy Action Plan, which is backed by a £6 million investment, sets out steps to ensure all new patients will be seen within six weeks for key endoscopic t...

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