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Here, our health reporter CAROLINE WILSON looks back through her cuttings file at the past 12 months.

IN January, in a story that would strike fear into the heart of every parent, we told how an 19-month-old toddler almost died after swallowing a button battery.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was forced to apologise after it emerged the battery had been lodged in Scott Roberston’s gullet for five months.

The little boy’s oesophagus was almost completely closed off with scar tissue by the time surgeons performed a risky operation to remove the battery.

Both the family and the health board warned parents to be vigilant.

The Evening Times published figures in February suggesting the closure of two accident and emergency units in Glasgow had led to 30% slower ambulance response times.

Eighty-two per cent of 999 callouts bound for the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital took longer than 75 minutes in 2016.

The average time prior to the new hospital opening, when the Western and Victoria Infirmary were still open with functioning accident and emergency units, was 57 minutes, according to senior paramedics.

The Scottish Ambulance Service pledged to work with the hospital to improve the flow of patients.

The following month the Evening Times continued its proud history of health campaigning by launching a year-long focus on a condition which is predicted will affect one in there of us in future decades.

More than 4,500 people are living with dementia in Glasgow and the number is expected to soar over the next 20 years.

We pledged to do our bit to raise awareness of the devastating condition by sharing stories from the families affected, highlighting innovations in the treatment of dementia and showcasing the community groups and volunteers who are making a difference.

Last year’s health news was dominated by the Evening Times’ campaign victory in June, when the Scottish Government announced that it was to make a major change to the country’s organ donation laws.

An opt-out transplant system is to be introduced which means everyone will automatically be added to the organ donor register unless they have registered an objection. However family members will still be consulted about the final decision.

The Evening Times had argued for the change for more than five years and the news was welcomed by major charities, doctors leaders and patients waiting for a transplant.

As part of our dementia awareness campaign, I took part in a brilliant scheme, run by Contact the Elderly, which encourages the public to host a tea party in their home for lonely pensioners.

Appealing for more volunteer hosts, Morna O’May, head of services for the Scottish arm of the charity said: “A hours on a Sunday afternoon once a month, or even just once a year, is such a small commitment but the difference it makes is immeasurable.”

Towards the end of the year, again as part of our drive to raise awareness about dementia, the Evening Times pledged its support for a Glasgow charity that provides a life-line for the city’s elderly.

We launched a fundraising drive to help Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association (GOPWA) buy a new minibus to take pensioners to three three day centres run by the charity, which provide companionship, support and hot meals five days a week.

In December, and following pressure from the Evening Times and the public, the health board announced that a casualty unit, axed last year, was to be re-instated in the west of Glasgow.

The Minor Injuries Unit will re-open at the West Glasgow Ambulatory Care hospital on January 3.

It followed a poll by the Evening Times which showed that more than 90% of readers were supportive of an emergency service in the west of the city.