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20 years ago this year I found myself in intensive care in an Edinburgh hospital. An undetected tumour had haemorrhaged leaving me paralysed from the shoulders down. Not only did this dramatically change my life, physically and mentally, it also opened my eyes to the extraordinary challenges that disabled people, and their families, face every day.

Perhaps the greatest challenge was getting hold of the information needed to allow me, newly disabled, to participate fully in society. What support is available, who to contact for advice and help to get this support? Who could help me navigate my way through the fiendishly complex benefits system? I assumed I would be eligible for a blue badge, how do I get one? what other assistance is there? Where is all this information?

There is an old adage that says ‘Information is power.’ This is certainly true for disabled people. Without correct, relevant and up to date information disabled people can become isolated, unable to exercise their rights, receive the support they need and make their own choices on how they want to live.

The purpose of this directory is to help disabled people, their families or carers find practical, useful information which could improve their lives immeasurably. To get the answers to the same questions I had 20 years ago as well as solutions to the everyday problems which still seem part of the territory for disabled people. Still, there is another saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. This directory has a host of invaluable information and contacts that are an essential companion for all disabled people and carers in Midlothian whether they be newly disabled or long-term disabled. I would have preferred a Forward Mid Directory then and settled for being a wee bit less strong.

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Jeff Adamson

Chair Forward Mid

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Individual advocacy is about helping people to speak up for themselves or speaking on their behalf, with their permission. Collective advocacy is about helping groups speak up about issues that concern them. Advocacy Providers working in Midlothian.

EARS Midlothian

EARS provides independent advocacy to adults who have a physical disability and/or an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) who feel that they would benefit from the support of independent advocacy.
Telephone logo 08456-070-129

Partners in Advocacy

Partners in Advocacy provides short-term adults with learning disabilities and children 0-8 with physical disabilities in Midlothian area.
Telephone logo 0131-478-7724

People First (Scotland)

Is an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties to raise awareness of the campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties and to support self advocacy groups across Midlothian.
Telephone logo 0131 478 7707

The Consultation & Advocacy Promotion Service

CAPS are an independent advocacy organisation for people who use, or have used mental health services. CAPS works with mental health service users as individuals or as members of a group to set their own agenda, to find a stronger voice, to get their point across, and influence decisions which affect their lives.
Telephone logo 0131-538-7177
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Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland provides professional, independent advocacy services in most local authority areas in Scotland. We work one on one with a young person to help them have a say in what is happening to them. We strive to provide advocacy that helps young people feel respected, included, listened to and understood. We’re independent to any care services a young person receives
Telephone logo 07801 339 986
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Alzheimer Scotland

What Alzheimer Scotland can do for you?

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Welcome to Alzheimer Scotland’s support in Midlothian. Alzheimer Scotland want to make sure nobody faces dementia alone, through every stage of the illness. From the concerns you may have prior to diagnosis through to the advanced stages of dementia, we’re here to support you, or the person you care for, to live well with dementia.

Alzheimer Scotland would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to provide you with more detailed information on how Alzheimer Scotland can support you.

If you need to talk to someone outside office hours, our freephone, 24 hour Dementia Helpline is always there – call 0808 808 3000. Please note: if you have chosen to hide your caller ID (so that your number will not show up on the display of any telephone that you call), please dial Telephone logo 1470 before calling the Dementia Helpline. Otherwise we will be unable to receive your call.

Alzheimer Scotland dedicated, experienced and highly-trained team can give you the information, advice and support you need to live well with dementia, to make important decisions about what matters to you, and to plan for your future.

Support available from Alzheimer Scotland in Midlothian

We aim to offer a range of flexible services designed to meet people’s needs in the Midlothian area. If you are interested in any of our services, or simply need someone to talk to, contact us using the details below. You can also contact your local social work department, your GP or Community Mental Health Team.

The Blue Badge form for Risk in Traffic is the one for people with a cognitive impairment, including dementia. You need to be in receipt of Attendance Allowance also, and a “professional” needs to be a signatory; Alzheimer Scotland can support with the application. You cannot aply on line for this Blue Badge. please visit and scroll down until you find Blue Badge Cognitive Impairment form and download the form here.

Alzheimer Scotland LogoAlzheimer Scotland Office:

Alzheimer Scotland have an office at:
3 Edinburgh Road,
Midlothian, EH22 1LA.
The office is staffed Monday-Friday 9.00 am - 2.30 pm,
please call: Telephone logo 0131 654 1114

For more information, Please check our website at and search ‘Support’.

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Personal Independence Payment (PIPPersonal Independence Payment)

disabled people entitle to Personal Independence PaymentPIPPersonal Independence Payment is a benefit to help disabled people live full, active and independent lives. PIPPersonal Independence Payment is based on how the health condition or disability affects them individually.

PIPPersonal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance for working age adults (16 to 64). DLA for children isn’t changing but they need to claim PIPPersonal Independence Payment when they reach 16. DLA for those over 65 isn’t affected.

Current DLA claims for working age adults began a natural assessment to transfer to PIPPersonal Independence Payment in some areas from 28 October 2013. There will be a gradual national extension of areas. However the majority of existing DLA claims with a lifetime or indefinite award will not move across until after October 2015.

PIPPersonal Independence Payment will help towards some of the extra costs arising from a long term condition. (Ill health or disability expected to last 12mths or longer.)

PIPPersonal Independence Payment is a non means tested and non taxable cash benefit which people can spend in a way that best suits them. You can get PIPPersonal Independence Payment whether you work or not, therefore it can also help people move into and stay in work.

Claims to PIPPersonal Independence Payment are started over the phone to gather basic information. You can ask someone to help with the call but you must be present during the call to help answer security questions. A form will then be sent out for more information about how your health condition or disability affects you.

The claim process includes an assessment by a health professional. Most people will have a face to face consultation. Reviews of an award will be done at appropriate intervals depending on how likely it is for your condition or impairment to change.

There are 2 components to PIPPersonal Independence Payment – daily living and mobility needs. Each component can be paid at a standard or enhanced rate.
At April 2017 the rates are –

Daily Living

Standard       £58.70 
Enhanced      £87.65 


Standard       £23.20 
Enhanced      £61.20

More information on PIPPersonal Independence Payment can be found at Personal Independence Payment (PIPPersonal Independence Payment) on the web site. The telephone number to make a new claim is Telephone logo 0800 917 2222.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESAEmployment and Support Allowance)

ESAEmployment and Support Allowance is an allowance for people claiming benefit on the grounds of incapacity. It is an integrated contribution based and income related allowance. It can lead to intensive work focussed support based on Work Programme or Jobcentreplus Offer provision.

Contribution based ESAEmployment and Support Allowance is payable if you have paid or been credited with enough class 1 or class 2 National Insurance contributions in the relevant tax year.

Income related ESAEmployment and Support Allowance is payable if you do not have enough money coming in. You can claim income related ESAEmployment and Support Allowance for: you and your partner; some housing costs; special needs. For example, if you or a member of your family have a disability.

ESAEmployment and Support Allowance does not include money for children or qualifying young persons. You can claim Child Tax Credit.

A claim to ESAEmployment and Support Allowance will involve a Work Capability Assessment. There can be 2 parts to this assessment. Initially you will be asked to fill in and return form ESAEmployment and Support Allowance50. This form asks for details of medical professional support you have, medications you are prescribed and how your health affects you on a daily basis. This is usually followed by a face to face medical assessment. If you don’t fill in and return the form or take part in the medical assessment, your benefit could be stopped. Everyone must go through the Work Capability Assessment although not everyone will be medically examined.

The Work Capability Assessment will determine whether you have Limited Capability for Work and determine whether you should be placed in the Work Related Activity Group or the Support Group. If placed in the Work Related Activity Group you will be required to take part in work focussed interviews and undertake Work Related Activity. This interview will initially take place in your local jobcentre and will involve a discussion on ways to return to work. This could include volunteering, Permitted Work, C.V. Preparation and Interview Techniques, information on local support or a referral to the Work Programme.

If placed in the Support Group you are not required to take part in interviews or undertake Work Related Activity. However you can voluntarily access support to return to work.

You cannot be eligible for ESAEmployment and Support Allowance if you have reached state pension age.

ESAEmployment and Support Allowance is paid at an assessment rate for the first 13 weeks or until after the initial Work Capability Assessment. You will then be moved on to the Main Phase and an additional component is paid. The Work Related Activity Component is paid in return for participating in work related interviews and agreeing an Action Plan. People who receive the Support Component are not required to have Work-Focussed Interviews or undertake Work Related Activity but can volunteer.

Special rules apply to people who are terminally ill (have a progressive disease and are not expected to live for more than another 6mths). ESAEmployment and Support Allowance customers will automatically be placed in the Support Group. Terminally ill customers should also apply for DLA as soon as possible.

To claim ESAEmployment and Support Allowance you can phone Telephone logo 0800 055 6688. If you are unable to use the telephone or need additional help to make a claim please contact the Jobcentre to make an appointment. If you have speech or hearing difficulties you can contact us by using textphone Textphone logo 0800 023 48 88.

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Blue Badge Scheme in Midlothian

The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions nationally and across Europe for people with a permanent and substantial disability, whether that person is the driver or a passenger. The holder of a Blue Badge is permitted to park in areas normally subject to restrictions and benefits those who are unable to walk great distances.

Brand new applicants for a Blue Badge can apply either online or by paper application form [BB 001]. If you use the printed form, you can send the completed form [with one colour passport-style photo with your name printed on the back] along with the supporting documents and £20 fee [except for those completing Section 3 payment is taken later] direct to the Travel Permits and Passes Team at Midlothian House.

Sample of the new Blue BadgeThe fee can be paid by cheque or postal order if sent with your completed form by post to the Travel Permits and Passes Team. The fee can be paid by cash, cheque, postal order or credit/debit card if you personally hand in the form at the counter at Buccleuch House in Dalkeith. You can apply and pay by credit card at Newbattle Library, 1 Newbattle Way, Easthouses, Dalkeith, EH22 4SX. Cheque's must be made payable to “Midlothian Council”.

Online application is done via You will be able to enter personal details, answer an array of questions and arrange payment by credit/debit card. However, there is no facility to scan and store all the documents the Council needs to see, and at the conclusion of the online process, the system will create a list of items that you will need to take to the Council at either Buccleuch House, Dalkeith or Newbattle Library.

For Blue Badge Renewals [after an existing Blue Badge expires] use the form BB 003. Please do not attempt to use the online screen for anything other than brand new applications as this will result in delays in processing your request. Remembering to renew a Blue Badge is the badge holder’s responsibility – A reminder letter is no longer sent out by the Midlothian Travel Permits and Passes Team. However if you have a valid Email or Mobile phone number we can send an email or text to remind you.

For Blue Badge replacements [for lost, stolen or damaged cards] use form BB 005. If the Blue Badge has been lost or stolen, this fact must be reported to Police Scotland. Contact a local police station or Phone Telephone logo 112. You will be required to make a statement. The Police will give you a reference number to be quoted on BB 005 form. The Blue Badge is a legal document. Should it reappear you must inform the police, do not use the rediscovered Blue Badge is it in longer valid. If your Blue Badge has been damaged badge it must be handed in with the BB 005 form.

If you move address, then there is a form for that too! You need a “Change of Circumstances” form [CC 001]. Use this to advise any changes in your personal details, from a change of address, to a change of name [getting married or divorced, for example]. Please use this form as soon as the circumstances change – do not wait until you need a Blue Badge renewal, for instance, before sending in the “Change of Circumstances” form. Complete and return your form and the Travel Permits and Passes Team will update records for your Blue Badge, Bus Pass and Ring & Go.


Applicants will be automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if they can produce appropriate documentation dated within the previous 12 months. Complete sections 1, 2 and 7 if any of the following apply.

  1. 1. Registered blind;
  2. 2. High Rate of Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance [DLA];
  3. 3. Personal Independence Payment [PIP] 8, 10 or 12 points in the “Moving Around” category;
  4. 4. PIP – 12 points in the “Planning and Following Journeys” category;
  5. 5. War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement;
  6. 6. Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme Tariffs 1-8;
  7. 7. Special arrangements for those in transition from DLA to PIP.

Applicants should bring the original documents with their form if handing them in personally at Buccleuch House or Newbattle Library. Original documents will be handed back to you after being checked by staff. Arrange for a certified photocopy of the documentation if you are posting the application form directly to the Travel Permits and Passes Team at Midlothian House as originals sent by post will not be returned.

For those with a disability in both arms who have difficulty using parking meters or pay machines, please complete sections 1, 4 and 7.

For parents or guardians of applicants under the age of three who have a specific condition as detailed in the form, please complete sections 1, 5 and 7.

Further assessment will be needed for all applicants who do not fall within one of the above categories. Please complete sections 1, 3 and 7.

Circumstances covered by Section 3 “Subject to Further Assessment” include

  • If you have a temporary mobility impairment which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for you to walk and which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months;
  • If you have been supplied with a wheelchair by the NHS;
  • If your disability is substantial and means you are unable to walk or you experience considerable difficulty in walking;
  • If you cannot walk far without severe discomfort, stopping or receiving support from another person.

advert for blue badge for sale, computer with mobility impairment included, CrippenApplicants completing Section 3 may be invited to an “Independent Mobility Assessment” with a medical professional appointed by the Council. Assessments do not involve any physical examination. The applicant can take a spouse or companion with them for support.

All assessments in Midlothian take place at Bonnyrigg Health Centre. You will receive a letter from the Travel Permits and Passes Team giving you a date and time to attend the assessment. If you cannot make the appointment, please let the Travel Permits and Passes Team know as soon as possible as they may be able to offer your time slot to someone else. A couple of assessment sessions are held each month and most Section 3 applicants are seen within four to six weeks although certain times of the year see a higher demand.

The Medical Professional will decide to accept or reject the application. You will be notified of the result by the Travel Permits and Passes Team by email, phone or letter. If your application is accepted, you will need to make arrangements to pay the £20 Blue Badge fee. If the application is rejected, you will be advised of the appeal procedure if you are unhappy with the outcome.

Extension of the Blue Badge scheme to include those with a Mental Disorder or Cognitive Impairment. By the Scottish Government in 2016. Use the separate form for this Blue Badge, forms BB 003 these are available at all Midlothian libraries, main Council offices, health centres at Pathhead and Penicuik, the Midlothian Community Hospital and the Rosewell Development Trust.

Assistance in filling out the Blue Badge scheme forms can be obtained from Citizens Advice Bureau see Citizens Advice entry

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British Red Cross   +

The British Red Cross in Dalkeith has a wealth of resources to offer disabled people.

Neighbourhood Links

The Neighbourhood Links Project provides advice, support, information and practical support to Midlothian residents aged 50+ with long term medical conditions.

We can assist for example with:-
+ Benefits - for example attendance allowance,
British Red Cross Logo + Housing applications
+ Blue badge, Dial A Ride applications.
+ Assess for adaptations for your home and make the necessary referrals
+ Provision of internal and external rails,
+ Falls Assessment

Neighbourhood Links Buddy Service – We can provide a buddy for a short term period to assist people with a walking programme after a stroke, help with shopping after coming out of hospital and confidence building. We also link with a number of agencies who can provide a longer term service.

To speak to one of the Neighbourhood Links Coordinators please call the Dalkeith office on telephone logo 0131 654 0340.

Local Area Coordination (Community Coordinators)

The LAC Project works with people ages 50+ with long term conditions who are socially isolated. The project helps people to stay well connected in Midlothian and to be a part of their local community. We can recommend and organise local activities, introduce and refer into groups, look at local transport options and signpost people to get the relevant information they need within the local community. The project also provides a Community Calendar for activities for older people in Midlothian.

The Community Coordinators also work with groups to help build capacity, provide information on relevant funding, and to ensure that groups are sustainable and accessible within the community.

To get in contact with the Community Coordinators please call the Dalkeith office on telephone logo 0131 654 0340.


British Red Cross can provide transport to people who find it difficult to attend hospital outpatient appointments.
+ Enable clients to keep appointments safely and efficiently.

This service is cost based on mileage used for appointments. The Transport Hub can be contacted on: telephone logo 01896 751 888.

Mobility Aids

British Red Cross LogoThe medical loans service helps people return to their own homes after illness or surgery, enables them to go on holiday with friends or family, and promotes independence. This service is donation based and volunteer led. Equipment can be borrowed initially for up to 6 weeks.

Equipment provided includes:
+ Wheelchairs
+ Commodes

Mobility Aids can be contacted on telephone logo 0131 660 9372 and are open on:
Monday 10:00 - Noon, 13:00 -15:00 hrs.
Wednesday 13:00 -15:00 hrs.
Thursday 10:00 - 13:00hrs.
Friday 10:00 - Noon, 13:00 -15:00 hrs.

British Red Cross East and Mid Lothian,
131 High Street,
EH22 1BE
Tel: telephone logo 0131-654-0340

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Café Connect

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A community Cafe in Dalkeith. It is a monthly get together for physically disabled people, Carers and people with disabled friends.

In fact, Café Connect is for anyone looking for a cup of tea or coffee.

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Forward Mid is an active vibrant and purposeful group of people whose aim is to improve the lives of physically disabled people in Midlothian at home, at work and in the community.
For further details please contact Eric Johnstone Tel: telephone logo 0131 663 9471

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Equality   —   Diversity   —   Inclusion

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Last Tuesday of the month
2 P.M. - 4 P.M.
Dalkeith Old People’s Welfare Hall
Saint Andrew Street

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Can Do

Can Do is a project run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, which enables people aged 16-35 who have a disability, mental health issue or long-term health condition to get involved in community volunteering. Can Do caters for all interests and abilities and can create bespoke projects for a one-off event or on a longer term basis. Volunteering will build your confidence and skills, and allow you meet new people and try new experiences in a fully supported environment while benefitting other groups of society. It is free to participate. Go on, you Can Do it!

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn and develop new skills.
  • Build self-confidence and independence.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Raise awareness on issues that are important to you.

Leonard Cheshire Disability LogoFor information on opportunities contact :
Louise Muir,
Can Do Programme Coordinator for Lothian
Email: email symbol
Tel: Telephone logo 07525 800 289.

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Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card.

The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card. This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. Terms and Condition of use apply.

To apply for the card, you will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

a) Be in receipt of Personal Independence Payment, or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
b) Be a registered blind person.

The card is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. This is for all cards issued since March 2009.

Application forms are available from cinemas across the UK supporting this card. Also available on the Internet at and apply online
A processing fee of £6.00 is chargeable per card. This is to be sent along with the completed application

If you have any difficulty, please contact Cinema Exhibitors’ Association at the address below:

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Network House
St Ives Way
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Tel: Telephone logo 01244 526 016

Local Cinemas participating in this scheme are;

Cineworld Edinburgh
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130/3 Dundee Street,
Edinburgh, EH11 1AF
Tel: Telephone logo 0330 333 4444

Dominion Cinema
Dominion Cinema Logo 18 Newbattle terrace,
Edinburgh, EH10 4RT
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 447 4771

Filmhouse Logo88 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh, EH3 6PD
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 228 2688

Odeon Edinburgh
120 Wester Hailes Road,
Westside Plaza,
Odeon LogoEdinburgh, EH14 3HR

118 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh, EH3 8BG

Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
Newcraighall, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD
Tel: Telephone logo 0800 138 3315 Accessibility Helpline

Vue Cinemas
Ocean Terminal
Ocean Drive,
Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

Vue LogoAnd
Omni Centre
Omni, Greenside,
Edinburgh, EH1 3AT

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet,
Almondvale Avenue,
Livingstone, EH54 6QX
Tel: Telephone logo 0345 308 4620 Accessibility Helpline

Making a booking online with a CEA card is different for each cinema’s website, Odeon requires you to register before use, Vue please book on accessibility helpline or in cinema.

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Citizens Advice Bureau

Dalkeith & District Citizens Advice Bureau,
8 Buccleuch Street, DALKEITH, Midlothian, EH22 1HA.
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 660 1636.

Penicuik & District Citizens Advice Bureau,
14a John Street Penicuik EH26 8AB.
Tel: Telephone logo 01968 675 259

 citizens Advice Bureau LogoHow can we help?

The CAB Service can offer advice and assistance on a variety of issues including:

  • Benefits
  • Form filling
  • Debt
  • Consumer issues
  • Housing
  • Utilities

Both CABx Dalkeith & Penicuik CAB are registered charities, Both receive core funding from Midlothian Council to provide a service primarily for residents of Midlothian.

Dalkeith CAB office offers appointments on Monday - Thursday mornings and afternoons for all issues and on Friday mornings for benefit related enquiries only. You can book an appointment in person or by phoning Reception any morning 10.00 -12.30 hrs or Monday -Thursday afternoons, 13:00 - 15:00 hrs (1.00 pm - 3.00 pm).

If you have difficulty accessing the main office (which is not wheelchair accessible) we also run the following Outreach clinics:

Dalkeith CAB Outreach Clinics:

Gorebridge Library: Thursday, 10.00 -13.00 hrs, drop-in clinic, no appointment necessary.

Danderhall Library: Tuesday, 10.00-12.00 hrs, drop in clinic, no appointment necessary.

Newbyres Medical Centre, Gorebridge: Wednesday, 9.30 – 12.00 hrs, by appointment - for registered patients only.

The Orchard Centre, Bonnyrigg: Tuesday, 13.30 – 15.30 hrs, by appointment – for service users only.

If you live in, or near, Loanhead, you can access drop-in clinics run by Penicuik CAB at:

Loanhead Library: Monday 10.00 -13.00 hrs, no appointment necessary.

Loanhead Miners Welfare: Wednesday 10.00 – 13.00 hrs, no appointment necessary.

Home visits for Physically Disabled

We also offer a home visiting service for people with a physical disability or in cases where it would be difficult to access the main office or outreach clinics. To request a home visit, please phone Reception during the hours noted above.

You can also access phone advice by contacting: Citizens Advice Direct Tel: Telephone logo 0808 800 9060 or on-line at

Consumer advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline Tel: Telephone logo 0345 04 05 06.

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Community Health Clinics in Midlothian

NHS Lothian LogoThis is a list of clinics and services hosted by the NHS in Midlothian. Access to many of these services is by referral from a health practitioner. Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership tries to encourage services to hold clinics in Midlothian which meet a local need or would otherwise be difficult for people to get to.

This is a list of clinics and services hosted by the NHS in Midlothian. Access to many of these services is by referral from a health practitioner. Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership tries to encourage services to hold clinics in Midlothian which meet a local need or would otherwise be difficult for people to get to.

For example hearing aid batteries are now available from Midlothian Community Hospital and health centres in Penicuik.

For more information contact Catherine – Telephone logo 0131 271 3411
Email: email symbol .

  1. Community Health Clinics in Midlothian
  2. Midlothian Community Hospital
  3. Adult health services
  4. Audiology Repairs
  5. Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  6. Diabetic Eye screening (retinopathy)
  7. Hearing Aid Batteries - collection point for replacement batteries
  8. Heart failure nurse
  9. Lymphoedema (fluid on limbs)
  10. Respiratory Clinic
  11. Stoma Clinic
  12. Ultrasound
  13. X-ray Services
  14. Child Health
  15. Child and Adolescent Mental Health(CAMHS)
  16. Child Audiology
  17. Child Dieticians
  18. Child Eye Clinic
  19. Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)
  20. Child Orthotics
  21. Child Physiotherapy
  22. Child Urology
  23. Therapies and Health Improvement
  24. Community Health Inequalities Team Nurses
  25. Dietitians
  26. Healthy Living Group
  27. Lifestyle Management Group
  28. MacMillan Massage Therapy
  29. Marie Curie Drop In
  30. Pace Exercise Classes
  31. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Classes
  32. Speech and Language Therapy
  33. Weight Management
  34. Mental Health and Wellbeing
  35. Cruse Bereavement Counselling
  36. Dementia Service Memory Clinic
  37. Eating Disorder Clinic
  38. Joint Mental Health Team clinics (psychology, adult psychiatry, community psychiatric nurses)
  39. Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point
  40. Old Age Psychiatry
  41. Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use
  42. Alcoholics Anonymous
  43. Stop smoking service
  44. Other clinics in Midlothian
  45. Bonnyrigg Health Centre
  46. Baby Massage
  47. Child and Adolescent Mental Health(CAMHS)
  48. Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)
  49. Child Orthotics
  50. Cruse Bereavement Counselling
  51. Diabetic Eye Screening (retinopathy)
  52. Dietitians
  53. Edinburgh and the Lothian's Council on Alcohol (ELCA)
  54. Health In Mind - Guided Self Management
  55. Mid and East Lothian Drugs (MELD)
  56. Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team (MCPRT)
  57. Midwife
  58. Myapas Counselling
  59. Nurse Counsellor
  60. Orthoptic Clinic
  61. Parentcraft Group
  62. PEEP Group
  63. Physiotherapy
  64. Podiatry Clinic
  65. Podiatry – Health Education
  66. Speech and Language Therapy
  67. Stop Smoking Service
  68. Dalkeith Health Centre
  69. Baby massage
  70. Child and Adolescent Mental Health(CAMHS)
  71. Child Audiology
  72. Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)
  73. Couple Counselling – Bright Lights
  74. Dietitians
  75. Edinburgh and the Lothian's Council on Alcohol (ELCA)
  76. Health in Mind – guided self management
  77. Midwife - Parenthood Class
  78. MYPAS
  79. Nurse Counsellor
  80. Obstetrician Clinic
  81. Physiotherapy
  82. Podiatry
  83. Sleep Clinic
  84. Speech and Language Therapy
  85. Stop Smoking Service
  86. Weaning group
  87. Newbattle Medical Centre
  88. Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  89. Child Health Clinics
  90. Department of Clinical Neuroscience
  91. Diabetic Retinopathy
  92. Dietitians
  93. Joint Mental Health Team Clinics
  94. Mental Health Nurse Therapists
  95. Midwife
  96. Physiotherapy
  97. Podiatry
  98. Speech and Language Therapy
  99. Stop Smoking Service
  100. Penicuik Health Centre
  101. Cruse Bereavement Counselling
  102. Edinburgh and the Lothian's Council on Alcohol (ELCA)
  103. Hearing aid batteries - collection point for replacement batteries
  104. Mid and East Lothian Drugs (MELD)
  105. Midwife
  106. MYPAS Counselling (Ad Hoc)
  107. Physiotherapy
  108. Podiatry
  109. Speech and Language Therapy
  110. Eastfield Medical Centre
  111. Alzheimer Scotland
  112. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)
  113. Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)
  114. Cruse Bereavement Counselling
  115. Diabetic Eye Screening (retinopathy)
  116. Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol(ELCA)
  117. Gateway to Recovery Team (Substance use)
  118. Health in mind – guided self management
  119. Hearing aid batteries - collection point for replacement batteries
  120. Joint Mental Health Team clinics
  121. Nurse Counsellor
  122. Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point
  123. Midwife
  124. MYPAS
  125. Old Age Psychiatry
  126. PEEPS Group
  127. Smoking Cessation

There are five privately owned medical centres in Midlothian;

  • Danderhall Medical Practice
  • Loanhead Medical Practice
  • Newbyres Medical Group
  • Pathhead Medical Centre
  • Roslin Medical Practice

Please check with these medical practices to be informed of the clinics they host.

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 cyrenians Logo of many choicesFor nearly 50 years, Cyrenians has served those on the edge, working with the homeless and vulnerable to transform their lives by beginning with their story, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead their own transformation. The name Cyrenians comes from the biblical story of Simon the Cyrene but Cyrenians was founded as and remains a secular organisation.

Cyrenians Vision is an inclusive society in which everyone has the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. Cyrenians work to make that vision a reality by Cyrenians Mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.

Cyrenians way of work is built on Cyrenians four core values:

  • Compassion: Cyrenians believe that everyone should have the chance to change, no matter how long that might take.
  • Respect: Cyrenians believe in tolerance, acceptance, valuing diversity and treating each other as equals.
  • Integrity: Cyrenians are committed to the highest quality of work, grounded in honesty, generosity, sincerity and professionalism.
  • Innovation: Cyrenians are willing to take risks, challenge convention and be very creative in Cyrenians search for new ways of working, in particular by taking account of the environmental impact of Cyrenians decisions.

How Cyrenians work

Cyrenians aim to offer consistently excellent service delivery across all locations and activities. Cyrenians also want to provide clarity for purchasers that Cyrenians services are effective, including evidence of the difference made in the lives of the people Cyrenians support. Cyrenians have adopted a way of working that includes, in particular, training in the interpersonal elements of building 1:1 relationships. Cyrenians Key Work can be defined by:

Cyrenians attitude Cyrenians treat people with the respect of equals (adult to adult). Cyrenians respond to the whole person rather than just the evident problems.

Cyrenians style Cyrenians work with people, preferring where possible to work ‘at the shoulder’ rather than from the other side of a desk. Cyrenians want to create independence, not dependency.

Cyrenians practice Cyrenians are flexible, tolerant and understanding. Cyrenians are tenacious in the offer of help and, if Cyrenians can’t help; Cyrenians will guide people to those who can.

Working predominantly in Edinburgh, Lothian's, Falkirk, Borders and Stirling but also with Scotland-wide services, Cyrenians work is organised around four targeted areas of service:

  • Family and People
  • Home and Housing
  • Work and Skills
  • Community and Food

Cyrenians is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered charity SC011052

Contact Cyrenians

57 Albion Road
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 475 2354 or Fax: fax logo 0131 475 2355
Email: email symbol

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Direct Payments

What is a direct payment?

Direct Payments symbolDirect Payments are one of the options you have with Self Directed Support which is now the way that all social care services are delivered. See Self Directed Support

If Midlothian Council decide that you need community care or children’s services they can give you money so that you can arrange and buy the services yourself. These are called Direct Payments. It allows you to find the care that is right for you. Information at

Direct Payments can give you more control and choice over the decisions that affect your life. You have the choice of either purchasing the services from an agency, by employing one or more personal assistants or a combination of both.


A social work assessment is necessary to establish what you need, your eligibility and the amount of direct payment required.

The needs assessment process will be the same regardless of whether you are assessed as likely to receive services or direct payments.

If you are assessed as needing a service your social worker, occupational therapist or social work assistant can provide advice and information about the scheme. For more information about finding the correct choice to suit your needs please visit

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living, a local user controlled organisation can help people with all aspects of Direct Payments Support

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Disability Information Scotland

Disability Information Scotland logoDisability Information Scotland work with disabled people, their families, friends, carers and people who work in the sector.

Disability Information Scotland Vision

Sharing information, enabling change. Disability Information Scotland enable positive change by sharing information on disability when people need it, in a way they want it.

Mission Statement:

We provide reliable, accurate and accessible information throughout Scotland. We develop creative partnerships with other agencies to ensure information is widely distributed, accessible to all and has a positive impact on the lives of disabled people, their families, friends and carers and the people who work with them. We work with people to find out what information they need and how they would like it provided.


Our values inspire and inform all that we do:

  • Disability Information Scotland care about people;
  • Disability Information Scotland strive to provide a high quality, tailored, person-centred service;
  • Disability Information Scotland take a positive approach in all our work;
  • Disability Information Scotland subscribe to the social model of disability;
  • Disability Information Scotland are open to, and encourage and support, new and interesting ideas and ways of working;
  • Disability Information Scotland believe in the importance of building meaningful relationships with everyone we encounter.

Disability Information Scotland logoYou can contact us:

Tel: Telephone logo 0300 323 9961
Email: email symbol
Post: Disability Information Scotland,
2nd Floor,
5 Rose Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

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