Posts Tagged ‘Health’

The Wellcome Book Prize Longlist 2018 ūüďö

March 5, 2018

The Wellcome Prize is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and celebrates the best new fiction and non-fiction on the themes of health, illness, and medicine. This year’s longlisted titles cover subjects such as infertility; human behaviour; Alzheimer’s; a bestselling author’s memoir of her brushes with death, and the story of how Joseph Lister changed medicine forever.

We have the following titles from the long list available to borrow from your local library…

Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me is a story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the power of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves, and those we love, from heartbreak.

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Victorian operating theatres were known as ‘gateways of death’, Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn’t survive the experience.

In Pursuit of Memory by Joseph Jebelli

In Pursuit of Memory zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers.

Jebelli’s compelling insider’s account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is the definitive book on Alzheimer’s: its past, present and future.

With the End in Mind by Kathryn  Mannix

In this unprecedented book, palliative medicine pioneer Dr Kathryn Mannix explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, her book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly to Amsterdam for a midwinter break. A holiday to refresh the senses, to see the sights and to generally take stock of what remains of their lives. But amongst the wintry streets and icy canals, we see their relationship fracturing beneath the surface. And when memories re-emerge of a troubled time in their native Ireland things begin to fall apart.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

The unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster.

Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky

Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace.

The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant. There was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good.


South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership: Locality Planning Drop-in Sessions

July 14, 2015

The integration of Community Health and Social Care Services is underway and we will soon be rolling out locality planning across South Ayrshire. Health and Social Care Integration affects us all in some way, so please consider getting involved and have a voice in the planning and provision of health and social care services in your local area. Through planning at a local level you have a real chance to influence and improve the health and wellbeing of your community.

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership are holding information drop-in sessions in our libraries over the summer, so please come along to find out more…

Tuesday 14 July – 10am to 12pm
Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Tuesday 14 July – 10am to 12pm
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE

Thursday 16 July – 10am to 12pm
Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB

Thursday 16 July – 10am to 12pm
Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr, KA7 4QQ

Saturday 25 July – 10am to 12pm & 2pm –¬†4pm
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Tuesday 28 July – 10am to 12pm
Mossblown Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5BH

Tuesday 28 July – 2pm to 4pm
Ballantrae Library, The Hall, Ballantrae KA26 0NB

Tuesday 28 July – 2pm to 4pm
Coylton Library, 28 Main Street, Coylton KA6 6JW

Wednesday 29 July – 2pm to 4pm
Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr KA7 3EN

Wednesday 29 July – 2pm to 4pm
Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ

Thursday 30 July – 10am to 12pm
Tarbolton Library, 54 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB

Thursday 30 July – 2pm to 4pm
Dundonald Library, Castle Drive, Dundonald KA2 9DT

Tuesday 4 August – 2pm to 4pm
Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ

For more information please contact:

Ayr North and Villages/Ayr South and Coylton
Tel. 01292 559 421 or Mob. 07855131673

Girvan and South Carrick Villages/Maybole and North Carrick Villages
Tel. 01655 884 882 or Mob. 07773214124

Prestwick and Villages/Troon and Villages
Tel. 01292 559 359 or Mob. 07773214125

Volunteering Opportunity with North, East and South Ayrshire Library Services

October 6, 2014


Health Information Buddy


To raise awareness amongst support groups and community groups of how libraries can support health and wellbeing. This project will run between November 2014 and March 2015 with 2 posts available in each local authority area: East, North and South Ayrshire being recruited.


  • To scope local support groups and community groups to target and to feedback to the Project Team, and to plan sessions in conjunction with Project Team.
  • To undertake awareness raising sessions to highlight services on offer from Library Service within chosen local authority area.
    • ¬†Each Buddy to deliver 6 sessions to support groups or community groups throughout duration of the project to raise awareness of library services amongst these groups.
  • To report on sessions to Project Team and participate in the final evaluation process.

To have an application pack and application form sent to you, please email your contact details to:

Closing date: 3rd November 2014 at 5pm

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

September 29, 2011

The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film FestivalThe Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival offers Scotland an unrivalled opportunity to change the way that individuals think about mental health.

Now a regular on the arts scene, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival has grown to become one of Scotland’s most valued cultural events. The Festival takes place in¬†theatres, cinemas, libraries and community halls throughout October each year to help challenge attitudes towards mental health through the arts.


Ayr College, Drama Studio, Room 410, Dam Park, Ayrshire, KA8 0EU

Thursday 13th October 2011
from 7 Р9pm
This is a free event, but booking is required.

Mental health issues touch us all in one way or another so why can’t we seem to talk about it? Inside Out is a devised drama which explores everyday occurrences of mental health related stigma and the way in which people from a variety of backgrounds deal with it. This gritty portrayal of everyday issues is inspired by the real life experiences of service users, carers and their families.

This play was devised by Ayr College Acting and Performance students in partnership with The Ayrshire Panel of Reference Users and Carers Consultative Group and supported by The Ayrshire Anti-Stigma Group and other local Mental Health User and Carer Groups. It is followed by a post play discussion where the audience can ask members of a panel questions in relation to the play.

For ticket information and sales contact:

Ayr College Box Office

Ayr College
Dam Park
Ayr, KA8 0EU
Freephone: 0800 199798

To find out what other events are taking place across Scotland visit