New hospital opens in Midlothian

Midlothian Community Hospital opens today

By Christine Lavelle

AN NHS hospital near Edinburgh designed to provide care for elderly and mental health patients has officially opened its doors – six weeks ahead of schedule.

Midlothian Community Hospital is fully operational today, providing 88 beds for frail and elderly people and for mental health sufferers.

The two storey development, which cost £18 million to complete, has 24 assessment beds for older people with mental health problems and 24 continuing care beds, as well as 40 continuing care beds for frail elderly patients.

And – unlike many other NHS hospitals – it provides single and en-suite rooms.

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Council blunder leaves cabbie details on show

By Cara Sulieman

PERSONAL details and criminal convictions of taxi drivers have been published on the internet after a blunder by a Scots council.

The information was published on the East Lothian Council website by mistake ahead of today’s licensing meeting.

It included full details of license applications including previous convictions ranging from minor driving offences to assault and drug dealing.

As well as the cabbies’ details, the names and addresses of members of the public who had complained about drivers were posted.

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Britain’s oldest person dies weeks before 112th birthday

Annie Turnbull passed away after a short illness

By Cara Sulieman

BRITAIN’S oldest person has died just a few weeks away from her 112th birthday.

Annie Turnbull passed away at her care home in Leith last Friday, leaving a large family and even larger legacy.

When asked, the great-grandmother would say that “keeping calm” was the secret to her longevity.

But she didn’t like the attention her long life brought her, and was reluctant to be put in the spotlight.

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Former Hearts boss launching legal battle against club

By Cara Sulieman

FORMER Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo will launch a legal bid against his old club next week when he takes them to an employment tribunal over the sudden end to his reign there earlier this year.

The Hungarian is suing Heart of Midlothian FC for unfair dismissal and breach of contract after his dismissal in January.

The tribunal has been set down to last four days, scheduled to start on Tuesday, with Mr Laszlo is expected to give evidence in person about the controversial end of his time with the Edinburgh side.

He initially had a flying start at Tynecastle, leading the team to third place in the SPL and qualifying for the Europa League.

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Family’s despair as double duck theft takes total to unlucky 13

By Martin Graham

CRUEL thieves have stolen rare birds from a family for a second time within the space of a fortnight.

Lavinia Thornley, 39, lost eight rare Khaki Campbell ducks to raiders two weeks ago.

The ducks were bought as eggs and hand reared by Lavinia’s 13-year-old son Stewart.

Now the family, from Bilston in Midlothian, have been robbed again, this time losing five Khaki Campbell ducklings.
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Owner quacking mad after theft of eight rare ducks


HEARTLESS thieves have left a Scottish family “devastated” after eight rare ducks were swiped from a pen in their garden.

The four breeding pairs of Khaki Campbell ducks were looked after by 13 year-old Stewart Thornley, who raised them from eggs.

Police fear the fowl were stolen to order and are calling on the nest-raiders to hand them back.

Duck detectives believe the eight Khaki Campbells were specifically targeted as there were other birds in the pen left untouched.

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Charity football match for honeymoon Scots


John and Nicola Tams were hit by a car on their honeymoon

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match is to be held to help raise money for a Scot who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car on honeymoon.

John Tams, 30, was on holiday with his new wife Nicola when they were mowed down by a speeding motorist in Sorrento.

Nicola, 31, suffered broken ribs and was treated in hospital before being released after the accident two weeks ago.

But John is still in intensive care after he had to be put in a medically induced come to treat head and facial injuries.

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