June 9, 2020

A new report outlines the dramatic increase in supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Scotland since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that frontline workers are able to access the vital equipment they need.

The Scottish Government, in partnership with the NHS, Scottish Enterprise, the National Manufacturing Institute S...

June 8, 2020

The majority of respondents to a Scottish Government consultation on banning smoking near hospital buildings support a 15-metre enforcement zone to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

A total of 559 people or organisations commented on the possible introduction of a legally-enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings a...

February 14, 2020

A total of 148 Scottish tests for Coronavirus have concluded, all of which were confirmed negative as of 13 February 2020.

The Department of Health and Social Care publishes figures on behalf of all UK Chief Medical Officers. Test results from Scotland are included.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a public health emergency of inte...

February 13, 2020

People with lived experience will lead the agenda at a Scottish conference on drug use in Glasgow.

This event, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Wednesday 26 February, is being organised jointly by the SNP Government and Glasgow City Council.

Sessions will include contributions from Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP and...

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...

October 23, 2019

Work is underway to minimise any potential disruption to the free childhood Fluenz Tetra flu immunisation caused by a delivery delay on the manufacturer’s side to some batches of a nasal spray flu vaccine. 


The vaccines are due to arrive next month and the potential delay is due to issues relating to routine testing of by th...

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 17, 2019

National Records of Scotland has revealed that there were 82 drug-related deaths registered by NHS Ayrshire & Arran in 2018. The only year more drug-related deaths were recorded was in 2016, when 85 people across Ayrshire died due to drugs. Across Scotland, there were 1,187 drug-related deaths in 2018, the highest number on record.

Public Health...

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 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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