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Father urges parents to know symptoms of meningitis

Meningitis Awareness Week starts today and the public are being urged to remember how devastating the disease can be.

Michael Pattie lost his son David when he was 13 from the viral infection. He's asking parents to research the symptoms and not be afraid to ask for help if they think their child is suffering from meningitis.

Blood Bikes expands to Scotland

The Blood Bikes scheme is ran by volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A life saving service that provides out of hours transport for urgent blood and medical supplies is soon to be rolled out across Dumfries and Galloway.

Blood Bikes is already running in Cumbria and is now expanding to south west Scotland. They will be presented with their first bike this afternoon and anyone with a motorbike licence is being encouraged to sign up to the scheme.

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Councillor hopes old hospital will make community hub

People in Langholm are welcoming a proposal for a new hospital in the town.

The Thomas Hope Hospital has been under threat for over 20 years and it's hoped that the proposed new hospital will safeguard the health services as well as allowing a new community hub to be established:

"I think also because it's right in the heart of the community in the centre of town that the services we need for the elderly, the care services, the day centre ambulance service, library, all that can move into this building and really make it the hub of the community."

– Cllr Dennis Male, Annandale East and Eskdale

Whitehaven Pushchair Hit & Run

A child in a pushchair has been knocked over in Whitehaven by a driver who failed to stop.

A black Ford Focus driven by a man collided with the pushchair on High Road, Sandwith at around 1pm on Saturday. The child was not hurt.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New £3 million hospital announced in Langholm

For 20 years the Langholm hospital has been under threat of closure. However, Dumfries and Galloway health board has announced that up to £3 million will be spent to replace it with a new community hospital.

Councillor Denis Male says that the old 'iconic' hospital building should still be kept for the community:

Langholm's hospital facilities discussed

Langholm's existing community hospital has 12 beds Credit: ITV Border

Plans are being discussed for a new community hospital in Langholm.

There's been a ten year battle to try to keep the town's Thomas Hope Hospital open.

Now the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway and the local council are looking at options for a hospital on a new site.

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