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ISD Scotland


Media Monitoring is designed to alert you to health news stories, so that you can easily keep up-to-date with what is making the news in medicine and the NHS.

The media monitoring database is created and maintained by a small team at Information Services Division (ISD) in Edinburgh.

e-Mail Updates

Twice a day, we scan a selection of online and paper news sources, and create a list of the main stories. This list is then sent out by e-mail to readers who have asked to receive such updates. We aim to send out our updates by 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. every weekday. We also compile a summary of weekend stories, and send this out by 1.00 p.m. on Mondays.

If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us.


We aim to be representative rather than comprehensive, so we try to cover only the main Scottish stories, along with some stories from the rest of the UK.

The sources include -

  • Daily newspapers - Daily Record, Herald, Scotsman, Scottish Daily Mail; Edinburgh Evening News.
  • Sunday newspapers - Scotland on Sunday, Scottish Mail on Sunday, Sunday Herald, Sunday Mail, Sunday Post, Sunday Times Scotland.
  • Websites - BBC News, Courier, Evening Times (Glasgow), STV News.

We also try to find other online sources in cases where there is no web version of a newspaper article.

Broken Links

* Please note that the links to the full texts of stories may cease to work after some time has passed. If you wish to view a print copy of these stories, please contact your local NHS library or information service.

Deeper Background

* ISD Library's manager, Alan Jamieson, has written an account of the development of the media monitoring service, Health in the News: Thoughts of a Media Monitor. This article also contains some observations on the nature of newspapers' websites, as well as on the use of ISD data in the media. A print-friendly PDF version of the article is also available.