Our Lives Our Way: your chance to influence future care


NHS Lothian and its partners are looking to put people at the heart of developing new services.

Government announcement of capped parking charges


NHS Lothian will be examining the detail of the guidance when it is published in the New Year

Make having a great smoke-free 2008 your resolution


PHARMACISTS throughout Lothian are gearing up to help people free themselves from smoking

LEAP Set for Royal Visit


LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) has announced today (19 December) that HRH The Princess Royal will officially open the project

NHS Lothian helps people go home after treatment


The number of people forced to stay in hospital because they have nowhere else to go has dropped by almost half in a year, according to the latest new figures.

NHS Lothian to focus on improved services for people with sight problems


People with partial vision will be able to receive treatment closer to home under a new scheme to be launched soon by NHS Lothian.

NHS Lothian given clean bill of financial health


Spending watchdog Audit Scotland has given NHS Lothian a clean bill of health in its annual review of NHS Scotland's finances.

Leaps and Bounds for New Abstinence Project


LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme), celebrated the first graduation of patients successfully completing the project.

Musselburgh Primary Care Centre Secures Outline Planning Permission


NHS Lothian announced the successful application of the development of the Musselburgh Primary Care Centre

NHS Lothian puts spotlight on World Aids Day


THE red ribbon of World Aids Day will be projected across Edinburgh's night sky.

PFI Freedom of Information Release


NHS Lothian has released the details of its contract with Consort Healthcare for the operation of the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh

HIV Comeback Tour gets make-over


A PIONEERING initiative to raise awareness of the continuing dangers of HIV infection among gay and bisexual men has been refreshed in time for another party season.

A Grief Transformed


BEREAVED families and other people affected by the death of a child are being invited to a special memorial service given by Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

DVD shows It All Comes Out in The Wash


A DVD created by NHS Lothian has been awarded the Health Facilities Innovation Award.



NHS Lothian is launching a pilot project to improve the lives of hundreds of patients with chronic breathing difficulties.

Healthy interest in gardening leads to expansion plans


The Bridgend Community Allotment Health Project is set to expand its service for members of the local community.

NHS Lothian marks year of achievement for people with diabetes


SPECIAL gym classes and a new nurse-led clinic for teenagers are among a host of successful new initiatives at NHS Lothian to help people with diabetes

Conan Doyle Medical Centre - Official Opening


A new Medical Centre in the Mayfield area of Edinburgh will be officially opened on Friday 30th November.

NHS Lothian in new partnership with Scottish Rugby Union


A NEW partnership to promote greater opportunities for children to participate in sport has been jointly launched by NHS Lothian and Scottish Rugby

New Patient Care Initiative Set To Have An Impact


NHS Lothian has launched a new, nurse-led service, aimed at improving patient care in the community, for people with long term conditions.

Response to the Information Commissioner Appeal Decision


John Matheson, Director of Finance, NHS Lothian, said: "We work in partnership with our private sector partners Consort, who operate the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh...

NHS Lothian Annual Review


NHS Lothian's Annual Review takes place on Monday 12th November 2007

NHS Lothian team up with Local and National agencies for Mental Health Week


NHS Lothian is lending its support to Mental Health Week (8-14th October) by highlighting mental health issues at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE).

NHS Lothian Supports People with Arthritis


NHS Lothian is holding a free one-day conference, 'Arthritis! Don't let it bowl you over'

Use law change to stub out habit for good, says NHS Lothian


NHS Lothian is urging teenagers who smoke to kick the nicotine habit as the Scottish government bans tobacco sales to people under 18.

High Performance Achieved by General Practices in NHS Lothian


The Quality and Outcomes Framework shows that general practices in NHS Lothian are continuing to deliver an extremely high quality of care to patients.

NHS complaints down in Lothian


THE NUMBER of complaints lodged with NHS Lothian over hospital health care has dropped by over 20 percent

Making Space for Stories


NHS Lothian has teamed up with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to host a special storytelling event, Space for Stories.

Availability Status Codes and their Current Use


All patients requiring emergency treatment receive that without going anywhere near a waiting list.

Gender Equality Duty - Equal Pay Statement


This statement has been agreed in partnership and will be reviewed on a regular basis by the NHS Lothian Partnership Forum and the Staff Governance Committee.

Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair Hits Edinburgh


Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups search for volunteer activists and voluntary Management Board members

Making the Leap


LEAP, an innovative partnership programme between NHS Lothian and the drug and alcohol action teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians has been launched this week

Car parking charges at NHS Lothian hospitals


A new car park charging system is unveiled this weekend that will lead to lower charges for many patients and visitors to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

New figures show drop in people waiting for treatment in Lothian


People are being treated more quickly in Lothian, according to new figures published today.

New independent advisory scheme launched


INDEPENDENT help is to be offered to members of public to access healthcare services and have their views represented.

NHS Lothian and Ramadan - Statement


THERE is no question that staff in NHS Lothian have been ordered not to eat at their desks for fear of offending Muslim colleagues.

Suicide toll in Lothian at lowest level for many years


THE number of people committing suicide in Lothian has dropped to a 17 year low according to new figures

Mystery shopper finds good service in Lothian sexual health services


NHS Lothian is harnessing the internet to connect with young men in the fight against sexually-transmitted infections.

Mystery shopper finds good service in Lothian sexual health services


AS SEXUAL HEALTH awareness week gets underway, services in Lothian have been commended for offering help quickly

Highest number of dentists in NHS Lothian for ten years


The number of NHS dentists working in Lothian is at the highest level for ten years

Response to staff suspension story


A member of staff has been suspended from work at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children following routine computer security monitoring carried out by NHS Lothian.

Better access and clearer roads at Western General


A NEW one-way system is set to come into effect at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital (WGH) this weekend, providing a solution to the ongoing traffic and access problems over the past decade.

Statement on ISD statistics for nursing vacancies


NHS Lothian is a recognised centre of clinical excellence and provides a great range of professional development opportunities to all our staff, helping to support them throughout their career.

NHS Lothian Gender Equality Scheme 2007-2010 (Consultation Draft)


NHS Lothian publishes the Gender Equality Scheme (Consultation Draft) on the Internet and Staff Intranet.

Response to ISD Scotland publication on immunisation statistics


NHS Lothian is continuing to be among the top-ranked boards in Scotland on the immunisation of children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, according to new figures from ISD Scotland.

Response to Publication of Figures on Sickness Absence Rates


HEALTHCARE staff in Lothian have lower rates of absence due to illness than the Scottish average for staff in similar roles, new figures have revealed.

St John’s Hospital gets expanded prostate cancer services


WEST Lothian men who suffer from prostate cancer are to benefit from a significant expansion in services at their local St John’s Hospital.

Refinancing deal results in cash boost for patient care


An additional £1 million a year will be channelled into patient care in Lothian.

Response to Executive Release on Waiting Times


Patient care is always our first priority and what is important to us is to deliver the best possible care in the shortest possible time.

NHS Lothian achieves lowest ever level of delayed discharge, national figures show


THE NUMBER of people kept in Lothian hospitals for non-clinical reasons has dropped to the lowest level since national record-keeping began

New partnership improves services for NHS Lothian's patients


A pioneering partnership between NHS Lothian and US healthcare experts has already delivered improvements in waiting times.

New partnership improves services for NHS Lothian's patients


A pioneering partnership between NHS Lothian and US healthcare experts has already delivered improvements in waiting times

High hopes for NHS Lothian at UK Award night


NHS Lothian's staff newspaper, Connections, has been shortlisted for a top UK Award.

Intensive care staff make breakthrough in fight against healthcare associated infections


NHS Lothian staff have developed a successful new approach to tackling dangers faced by intensive care units across the world.

Review group studying improvements to care and support for people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and Asberger syndrome


THE early findings of a new Joint Lothian Learning Disability Strategy Review were discussed at Lothian NHS Board meeting today (23rd May 2007).

NHS Lothian in £2m investment to tackle killer diseases


PEOPLE with long-term conditions will be among the first to benefit from a major new strategy to modernise primary care services.

Review plays role in increasing theatre productivity across NHS Lothian


THEATRE USAGE - one key measure of productivity - in NHS Lothian hospitals has increased by 16%.

NHS Lothian achieves further success in cutting waiting lists


NHS Lothian has achieved a 30% drop in just three months in the number of people waiting for outpatient treatment

NHS Lothian Achieves Huge Savings on Agency Nurses


NHS Lothian has reduced its agency nursing costs dramatically in the last three years.

Award Shortlisting for NHS Lothian's Kaizen Work


PIONEERING work carried out by NHS Lothian to overhaul current management of healthcare has been shortlisted in the national HR Excellence Awards.

National shortlisting Success for Nurse Jeanette


A NURSE at a Lothian hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

Help find Madeleine McCann


Attached is a poster of Madeleine McCann, the four-year-old who went missing from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3rd May.

Response to ISD Scotland's figures on breastfeeding


Dr Margaret Douglas, Consultant, Public Health, NHS Lothian, said: "Lothian now has one of the highest rates of breastfeeding in Scotland.

Response to queries from Alan Roden, Edinburgh Evening News


Professor James Barbour, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: "Clear guidance has been given to NHS Boards and local authorities on nominating stakeholder members.

NHS Lothian Funds New Lymphoedema Services


In response to enquiries from patients and patient groups, NHS Lothian is pleased to be able to announce the provision of funding for additional lymphoedema services.

NHS Lothian Easter Weekend Contact Details


NHS Lothian's Communications Department will be operating an emergency on-call service over the Easter Weekend.

NHS Lothian Appoints Epilepsy Expert


People with epilepsy living in or near Edinburgh will soon be able to see a leading specialist thanks to the recent appointment of consultant neurologist Susan Duncan.

Books on Prescription Launched in West Lothian


NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council's Library Services have launched 'Books on Prescription',

Out-of hours health care this Easter


The Easter holidays are almost upon us - and with some regular health services due to close for the holiday period, NHS Lothian and NHS 24 are gearing up to manage the expected increase in demand on out-of-hours services.

NHS Lothian sharpens focus on staff safety


The number of staff suffering cuts or needlestick injuries at work in NHS Lothian has dropped by nearly a third, according to new figures.

St John's Hospital - Reality Not Rumours


Claims that St John's Hospital in Livingston is being downgraded and that promises have been broken are completely untrue.

Midlothian Community Hospital Site Secured


NHS Lothian has secured the site for the new Midlothian Community Hospital in an announcement made today (2nd March).

State-of-the-art SMART Centre to Celebrate Official Opening


The official opening of NHS Lothian's new state-of-the-art SMART Centre (South-east Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology Centre), took place on Monday 26 February.

NHS Lothian Achieves Top Score for Cleanliness


NHS Lothian has chalked up a third successive top score in a new national audit of hygiene standards.

Pioneering patient website proves a million a year 'hit'


An innovative website designed by NHS Lothian staff for patients who suffer from kidney disease has become so popular it now receives more than a million 'hits' a year.

Free Health Checks In Shopping Centres


Customers in shopping centres across West Lothian are now able to access a free health check as part of a new initiative being set up by West Lothian CHCP.

Scottish health minister opens new imaging suite at Sick Kids


THE Health and Community Care Minister, Andy Kerr, has officially opened a new imaging suite promising better and swifter treatment for thousands of ill children and young people.

Number of consultants in NHS Lothian at record high


A RECORD number of consultants are now being employed in the NHS in Lothian, according to a paper to be presented at NHS Lothian's board meeting tomorrow. (Wed 24th Jan)

NHS Lothian chalks up waiting times success


NHS Lothian hit a key Scottish Executive target on waiting times a full year early despite a record workload.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh Reprovision Project Newsletter


Newsletter launched as work to provide a new childrens' hospital accelerates.

NHS Lothian in new surplus property disposal programme


A SUBSTANTIAL Victorian mansion house in one of Edinburgh's most prestigious areas is about to be sold by NHS Lothian.