If you are unfortunate enough to be living with a chronic disease you will know that one of the most important things is having your health and your condition monitored on a regular basis.
However, getting to your GP surgery or hospital can be difficult, especially if you live in a rural area.
Now though, help could be on the way for some people in South West Scotland.
A pilot project to help people with lung disease carry out their own checks has been launched.
It is called the Annan Remote Monitoring test, and Lori Carnochan went to find out more.
Health bosses in Cumbria are urging people not to use hospital A and E departments unless it is a genuine emergency.
The pressures on A and E are heightened over the winter months, and non-emergency cases can clog up the system... but what exactly is an emergency?
Matthew Taylor has been to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle to find out.
Health bosses in Cumbria are urging people not to use hospital emergency departments unless it's a genuine emergency.
It is because winter is a time when they suffer extra pressures.
Hospitals in Cumbria are urging people to seek help and advice as early as possible if they feel unwell.
'The earlier, the better' campaign aims to alleviate pressure on NHS emergency departments this winter.
People in South West Scotland will be getting a brand new hospital, at a cost of £200 million.
The Scottish Government has agreed to the plan from the local NHS trust.
Matthew Taylor reports.
The Scottish Government have approved a business plan for a £200 million hospital to be built near to the A75 in Dumfries.
It will provide 350 beds and is due be completed in five years.
The Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, said it would provide high quality health care services for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.
Carlisle's MP John Stevenson has met the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today as concerns continue over care at North Cumbria's acute hospitals.
The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is one of fourteen in Britain being investigated for its high death rates.
The trust is due to take control after the North Cumbria Trust was accused of serious failures.
Mr Stevenson asked Jeremy Hunt to speed up the takeover of the hospitals by the Northumbria NHS Trust:
Hospital staff in the Borders have pioneered a new digital system for tracking patients which will be rolled out across Scotland.
A virtual map of the hospital ward is displayed on a large touchscreen and patient details can be accessed by touching icons.
It has been designed to allow staff to act more quickly to treat patients or transfer them when beds become available.
The Scottish Government said the trial in NHS Borders suggested that the digital ward had the potential to reduce patients' average stay in hospital.
A man's being treated in hospital for cuts after being attacked at a house near Annan.
Police say the 23 year old sustained "multiple lacerations" but have not released more details.
The incident happened around 7pm yesterday in a house in Three Trees at Newbie.
He's being treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and his condition is not considered to be life threatening.
Police are appealing for witnesses and are trying to trace the driver of a small red or orange coloured hatchback car which was seen in the area.