Announcements

NHS Tayside supports World Hepatitis Day News

28th July, 2015

NHS Tayside is supporting World Hepatitis Day with a local campaign to encourage people to come forward for Hepatitis C testing. A two metre high ‘Big Red C’ will be on display outside the Steeple Church in Dundee, as part of efforts by staff and volunteers from NHS Tayside and partner organisations, to raise awareness of advances in treatment and how people can access free testing....

Breakthrough in fibre optics opens up possibility of better understanding of disease and communication revolution News

22nd July, 2015

A new study from the University of Dundee could open up a new era of superfast communications technology and lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Particles of light can, in principle, carry and deliver an unlimited amount of information between two remote places. The information can be encoded into the shape of photons, which then travel through...

Immune system ‘on switch’ breakthrough could lead to new targeted drugs News

22nd July, 2015

A crucial ‘on switch’ that boosts the body’s defences against infections has been successfully identified in new scientific research. The breakthrough made by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee could lead to the development of new drugs to enhance the body’s immune responses to attack, which could benefit people suffering from cancer and...

Chief Officer appointed for Perth and Kinross Integration Joint Board News

22nd July, 2015

NHS Tayside and Perth & Kinross Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Packham as Chief Officer for the Perth and Kinross Integration Joint Board for health and social care. Over the coming months it will be the job of the Chief Officer to lead the arrangements for the integration of adult health and social care services provided by NHS Tayside (Opens in a new window) and P...

Dundee a winner in Herald Higher Education Awards News

22nd July, 2015

The University of Dundee was last night named the winner of the Innovation Technology Excellence Award at the inaugural Herald Higher Education Awards at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow. Dundee picked up the award for a project in the School of Medicine which has that enables undergraduate students to complete coursework using their own mobile devices and tablets in the classroom, an approach th...

NHS Tayside celebrates 100 years of Perth Royal Infirmary News

10th July, 2015

A commemorative book celebrating 100 years of Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) is still available to buy as the year marking the centenary comes to an end. Dundee locality portering services team lead Bruce Leckie (formerly of PRI Support Services) has produced a book documenting the hospital and the royal opening of PRI. Any profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the Tayside Health Fun...

Dundee first UK university to graduate `Science Without Borders’ medical students News

29th June, 2015

The University of Dundee has become the first university in the UK to produce medical graduates through the Science Without Borders scheme. The graduation ceremony at Dundee this afternoon, Friday June 26th, saw four Brazilian students graduating from the Medical School. Gabriel Maia Costa, Rogerio Magno Do Nascimento Filho, Nicole Georges Lambrakos and Carlos Augusto Nunes Martini have all compl...

Enhanced Community Support Success in Angus News

24th June, 2015

The community-based model of care recently introduced in the South Angus locality is making a real difference to patients and their families. The Enhanced Community Support model involves a variety of professionals including GPs, district nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, pharmacists, specialist hospital doctors, social work and voluntary sector colleagues working together as...

New model for out-of-hours healthcare in Tayside News

24th June, 2015

NHS Tayside is moving to a new model of out-of-hours healthcare which will see the service operating from a specialist out-of-hours base at Kings Cross Health & Community Care Centre in Dundee. This, however, does not mean all patients will go to Kings Cross to be seen. Dr Michelle Watts, Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, said, “The out-of-hours service in Tayside, in common...

Vitamin D `not guilty’ in heart disease and winter deaths News

22nd June, 2015

The belief that vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunshine – like childhood rickets a hundred years ago – causes increased heart disease and deaths in winter has been challenged by research from the University of Dundee. The research, led by Emeritus Professor Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, suggests that vitamin D is not guilty and is u...