Postcode lottery for heart surgery in Scotland

By Cara Sulieman

MODERN heart surgery in Scotland is only available to a handful of patients outside of Edinburgh because so few surgeons are able to carry out the new process.

By-pass surgery on beating hearts is safer and allows patients to recover in days, but it is rare for patients outside of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to be given it.

Heart patients in Aberdeen and Clydebank are almost always given older surgery which involves stopping the heart and putting them on a by-pass machine.

Leading experts argue that the newer technique carried a much lower risk of complications such as strokes and memory problems.

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Grandmother found frozen on doorstep

The doorstep where Jeanette was found

By Rory Reynolds

A GRANDMOTHER was fighting for her life in hospital last night after becoming locked out of her home for seven hours in sub-zero temperatures.

Jeanette Wright was discovered “frozen in a ball” by a 17-year-old neighbour after spending the night out in the open as blizzards raged.

Neighbours said the 60-year-old pharmacy assistant from Gorebridge, Midlothian, is thought to have put the wrong key into her own lock by accident after returning from a Christmas party in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The temperature dropped so low that Jeanette’s heart stopped with paramedics battling to save her at the scene.

She was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary shortly after she was discovered at 9am.

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Camilla-Parker Bowles goes back to school

By Oliver Farrimond

CAMILLA Parker-Bowles went back to school yesterday to meet budding broadcasting stars of the future.

The Duchess of Rothesay, 61, went on a guided tour of Queensferry High School, South Queensferry, greeting delighted students and staff and even trying her hand at a spot of student radio.

Wearing a polka-dot skirt and blue lapelled jacket, the chatty royal paid a glowing tribute to the school after meeting the school’s sports stars and dropping into an English lesson.

She said: “I’ve had a wonderful time here today and I do hope I can come back to visit in the future.

“I’m very impressed with the schools enthusiastic atmosphere, and with the Jubilee1 radio station I think they make a wonderful combination.” Continue reading