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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 - either at home, at work or in the wider community. We are THE forum for disabled people and disability related equality issues in Midlothian.

Forward Mid meet supportively and informally to discuss and recognise the local issues around health, social care, education, employment, transport, self-directed support and other areas of importance to disabled citizens and how these affect their lives.

Forward Mid aims to raise the awareness of the challenges and opportunities which exist for disabled people both locally and nationally:

  • Forward Mid actively promote the rights of disabled people by working in partnership with public and private organisations representing the interests of disabled people.
  • Forward Mid share wealth of useful information on issues that affect disabled people; publishing and distributing bi-monthly newsletter and maintain a website and Facebook logo Facebook page.
  • Forward Mid co-ordinate community library hubs across Midlothian. These provide a source of first-class information and resources for disabled people.
  • Forward Mid are members of several council and health planning groups including Midlothian’s Joint Physical Disability Planning Group.
  • Forward Mid operate a monthly peer support community café - Café Connect.

Forward Mid Logo 2018Forward Mid – working hard to give disabled people more choices, more control, more dignity and more freedom

If you want to be part of what we do, please get in touch by contacting
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disability section wheelchair symbolDisability Discrimination Act

UK Government legislation seal The disability discrimination act states that you are disabled if you have: A mental or physical impairment that has an adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

If the disability has badly affected the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities but doesn’t anymore, it will still be counted as having that effect if it is likely to do so again.

If it is a progressive medical condition and it will badly affect your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities in the future, it will be treated as having a bad effect on you now - past disabilities are covered.

What are “normal day-to-day activities”?

At least one of these areas must be badly affected:

  • Mobility,
  • Manual dexterity,
  • Physical co-ordination,
  • Continence,
  • Ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects,
  • Speech, hearing or eyesight,
  • Memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand,
  • Understanding of the risk of physical danger.

The Act says that any treatment or correction should not be taken into account, including medical treatment or the use of a prosthesis or other aid.

The things taken into account, are glasses or contact lenses. The indispensable thing is to perceive how a disability affects a person. Remember concentrating on what they can’t achieve or find problematic, rather than what they can achieve. If a person suffers from a hearing disability, being unable to hold a conversation with someone talking naturally in a moderately noisy place constitute a disability. Being unable to hold a conversation in an extremely noisy place like a factory floor would not.

If the disability affects their mobility only being able to walk slowly or with unsteady or jerky movements would constitute a disability. But having difficulty walking without help for about 1.5 kilometres or a mile without having to stop would not.

For more information about the disability discrimination Act 2005

The UK Government information

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

Note- I, Iain Tait work with web sites a lot, I find the Equality and Human Rights Commission very confusing and often get lost on this web site.

The Equalities Act 2010

The Equalities Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability. However, you must prove that you have a disability. The Act defines a disabled person as a person with a disability for the purposes of the Act if he or she has a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

To find out what is in out and what is definitely out please download Equality Act 2010 Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability (727kb pdf)

Discrimination With Work

While attending a job interview an employer is not permitted to ask about your disability and what effects it may have if you are employed. If you require additional absence for medical appointments and have not informed the employer then this is called non-disclosure and you can be dismissed. Reasonable adjustments can be made by an employer. It is your responsibility to tell the employer of any reasonable adjustment you expect them to make to accommodate your needs as some expenses can be met.Associative discrimination is also covered as an employer must make reasonable adjustment if the person employed has a partner or child who is disabled.

An employer who uses the Disability Confident symbol and declares themselves as positive about disability ensures you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job. If this does not happen, you should report it to the Disability Employment Adviser at the local Jobcentre Plus office.

An employer is not legally required to meet the commitments of the Disability Confident scheme. However, there may be a legal claim under the Equality Act if an employer treats some disabled people more favourably than others. If the employer operates the guaranteed interview scheme for a particular post, but refuses to give an interview to a particular disabled person, this may be unlawful as direct discrimination.

Access to Services

It is unlawful for service providers to treat you less favourably because of your disability, and they must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for you, such as giving you extra help or changing the way they provide their services. Service providers must consider making changes to physical features of their premises so that there are no physical barriers which prevent you from using their services, or make it unreasonably difficult for you to do so.

Services include going to a restaurant, shopping for clothes or food, using the local library, going to church or visiting a solicitor or doctor. They have to make changes when it’s unreasonably difficult. They should think about whether any inconvenience, effort, discomfort or loss of dignity you experience in using the service would be considered unreasonable by other people, if they had to endure similar difficulties. This includes requesting ramps for wheelchair access.

In most circumstances, service providers must make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers – physical or otherwise – that could make it difficult or impossible for disabled customers to use their services.

Service providers do not have to make adjustments to make their services more accessible to disabled people if this will lead to a breach of any other legal obligations that apply to them. However, there will be exceptional circumstances that apply only where the other legal obligations are very specific and leave the service provider no choice but to act in a certain way.

Discrimination on the World Wide Web

Examples of website design issues that are affected by this law abound. Many visually impaired visitors use speech synthesizer software to read the text in the HTML code of web pages and translate it into audible speech. However, many websites include images that contain text as part of the pre-rendered picture file. These may be unreadable by the software. If the text is not embedded in the image properties (using an alt tag) or alternatively available in text somewhere on the website, this could render the content inaccessible to visually impaired users. They could therefore be discriminated against under the Equalities Act 2010.

The laws that cover this will allow individuals or groups to take civil action against the web site owner. This is called passive law. You may be liable for costs even if you win.

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disability section wheelchair symbolModels of Disability

There are two models of disability one from medical professionals and one from disabled people.

Medical Model

Medical Model of disabilityUnder the Medical Model, disabled people are defined by their illness or medical condition. They are disempowered: medical diagnoses are used to regulate and control access to social benefits, housing, education, leisure and employment.

The Medical Model promotes the view of a disabled person as dependent and needing to be cured or cared for, and it justifies the way in which disabled people have been systematically excluded from society. The disabled person is the problem, not society. Control resides firmly with professionals; choices for the individual are limited to the options provided and approved by the ‘helping’ expert.

The Medical Model is sometimes known as the ‘individual model’ because it promotes the notion that it is the individual disabled person who must adapt to the way in which society is constructed and organised.

The Medical Model is vigorously rejected by organisations of disabled people, but it still pervades many attitudes towards disabled people.

Social Model

The Social Model has been developed by disabled people in response to the Medical Model and the impact it has had on their lives.

Social Model of DisabilityUnder the Social Model, disability is caused by the society in which we live and is not the ‘fault’ of an individual disabled person, or an inevitable consequence of their limitations. Disability is the product of the physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers present within society, which lead to discrimination. The removal of discrimination requires a change of approach and thinking in the way in which society is organised.

The Social Model takes account of disabled people as part of our economic, environmental and cultural society. The barriers that prevent any individual playing a part in society are the problem, not the individual. Barriers still exist in education, information and communication systems, working environments, health and social support services, transport, housing, public buildings and amenities. The devaluing of disabled people through negative images in the media – films, television and newspapers – also acts as a barrier.

The Social Model has been developed with the aim of removing barriers so that disabled people have the same opportunity as everyone else to determine their own life styles.

A simple example is that of a wheelchair user. He would not be disabled if he lived in an environment without his impairment can use public transport and gain full access to buildings and their facilities in the same way that someone without his impairment would do.

The Social Model of disability has fundamentally changed the way in which disability is regarded and has had a major impact on anti-discriminatory legislation.

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Self-Directed Support

disability section wheelchair symbolSelf-Directed Support

What is Self-Directed Support?

Man reading about Self-Directed SupportSelf-directed Support is about giving a person requiring support more choice and control over the social care support they receive to enable them to live as independently as possible. Some people can manage their support on their own, while others need help either from family or friends, or a support organisation.

Self-Directed Support:-choose how your support is provided.

Anyone who is assessed as being eligible for social care support will be offered a choice in the way they would like to receive their support.

You will be offered 4 choices on how you can receive your social care:

  • Option 1: The making of a direct payment by the local authority to the supported person for the provision of support.
    You take the money, and choose and organise your support.
    You can use the payment to:
    Bullet point buy support from a provider,
    Bullet point or employ your own staff.
    This option gives you the most choice and flexibility, but it does mean taking on more responsibilities. (You can get help with this.)
  • Option 2: You choose the support, and either the council or a support provider arranges it. This means you don’t have to manage the money, but you still actively organise your support.
  • Option 3: You ask the council to arrange the support but you can still be involved in the choice of the provider if you wish to.
  • Option 4: Mix and match options 1, 2 and 3. SDS is about choices: you can arrange support from a support provider and/or you can employ your own staff.

SDS is meant to be used flexibly. You should be able to use it creatively so long as it meets your needs.

Support with Self-Directed Support:

Self-Directed Support Booklet front pageThe person carrying out your assessment will be able to talk you through each option. For More information please contact:

Adults and Social Care
Fairfield House,
8 Lothian Road,
Dalkeith, EH22 3AA.
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Telephone logo 0131-271-3900

Forward Mid’s guide to “ Self-Directed Support ” in Midlothian,
the booklet is available in Midlothian libraries or from Eric Johnstone, MVA 4-6 White Hart Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AE, or choose and electronic copy below:

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living

lcil independent Living LogoLothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) can help you in a number of ways, including:-

  • Identify and express your needs and outcomes,
  • Prepare for your assessment,
  • Explore which option is best for you,
  • Liaise with Midlothian Council and other organisations,
  • Recruit and manage personal assistants including processing wages through payroll.

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living
Norton Park,
57 Albion Road,
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY.
Email:email symbol
Telephone logo 0131 475 2350

Self-Directed Support Scotland

Self-Directed Support Scotland logoSelf-directed Support Scotland champions local Independent Support organisations which provide quality advice and support on Self-directed Support.

They campaign for true Self-directed Support implementation when it comes to social care delivery throughout Scotland.

For more information please visit

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Midlothian Integration Joint Board

Health section logoMidlothian Integration Joint Board

Who we are

The Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership are responsible for services that help you live well and get support when you need it. This includes all community health and social care services for adults in Midlothian and some acute hospital-based services.

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership

is responsible for

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Unscheduled care in Hospitals (e.g. A&E, Minor Injuries, Acute wards)

Community Health Services (e.g. GPs, District Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, Mental Health services and the Community Hospital)

Health Visiting and School Nurses. (Most children’s services remain the remit of the Getting it Right for Every Child Group)

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Adult Health and Social Care (e.g. Social Work, Day Services, Care at Home, Allied Health Professionals.)

Services for offenders to address the health and care needs that may be the root causes of offending. (Reducing offending remains the remit of the Community Justice and Safety Partnership.)

We also work in partnership with many voluntary and independent providers.

We are governed by the Integration Joint Board who are responsible for a budget of £131million a year.

For more information about Midlothian health and social care partnership, please visit

All reports and plans are in PDF format and are required to be downloaded to access.

Living in a changing world

The delivery of Health and Social Care services has to change. Hospitals, GPs and Care at Home are struggling to manage the growing demand on their services.

The IJB sets the overall vision for the partnership every 3 years and more detailed plans are created by a range of condition specific planning groups. The Joint Physical Disability Planning Group is made up of representatives from Midlothian Council, NHS Lothian, Third Sector organisations, carers and service providers as well as disabled people themselves. They meet every 8 weeks and produce an Action Plan. This, and all meeting minutes, can be found Midlothian council website at:

If you would like further information or wish to be involved in the group’s activities please contact Jayne Lewis
Telephone logo 0131 271 3665
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A&E alternatives

Health section logoA&E alternatives

Animated man CryingSelf-care is about looking after ourselves so that you stay healthy, and taking care of ourselves when you are ill. Before requesting an NHS appointment, think about how you can help yourself?

  • NHS Inform: or Telephone logo 0800 224 488 Information about healthy living, illnesses or health conditions, injuries, how to look after yourself and when to seek advice
  • NHS24 helpline: Telephone logo 111 Advice 24 hours a day on health problems
  • Treat yourself better: Advice on what to do if you have cold or flu symptoms
  • Self Care Forum: Includes fact sheets about looking after yourself when you are ill

Common illnesses or advice on medicines

Your community pharmacist can give you advice, or treatment for many minor ailments see NHS minor ailment service:

  • For help to stop smoking, ask your pharmacist or contact: Midlothian Stop Smoking Service: Telephone logo 0131 537 9914
  • If over 65, under 16 or receive certain benefits you can use the NHS minor ailment service if registered in a pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist or go online to or

Your Practice Nurse

Animated man With a thermometer in mouthPractice nurses are experienced in dealing with many conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and a range of minor illnesses such as chest, urine and ear infections, and skin conditions. Many can prescribe medications and arrange investigations. Ask your GP practice receptionist for advice on whether the nurse might be able to deal with your problem.

Dental and Mouth Problems

If you have a problem with your teeth, gums or mouth, contact your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist and you want to find one near you:

  • or Telephone logo 0131 537 8444
  • If you don’t have a dentist and need urgent treatment, you can go to a walk-in centre in Edinburgh: Telephone logo 0131 536 4800 for more information

Infants and Toddlers

For advice and treatment for children and babies:

  • Ask your GP practice for your Health Visitor’s phone number
  • Ask your local Pharmacist
  • For advice on common infant and toddler illnesses -

Social work support

Animated man SweatingIf you need a carer or help with mobility, contact:

  • Adult Social Work Telephone logo 0131 271 3900
  • Children and Families Social Work Telephone logo 0131 271 3860

Depression, anxiety and mental wellbeing

  • Midspace: Provides an overview of all local mental health services
  • Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point: Telephone logo 0131 536 8981. This is an open access service for people who don’t need medication or urgent treatment but might benefit from other therapies or support. Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point currently run drop in sessions at Midlothian Community Hospital and the Loganlea Centre, Penicuik
  • The Orchard Centre: Telephone logo 0131 663 1616 or (click “services”) Provides a wide range support to people across Midlothian
  • Breathing Space: Telephone logo 0800 838 587 or Offers someone to talk to if your feelings are overwhelming you.
  • Samaritans: Telephone logo 116 123

Alcohol and drug problems

  • Gateway to Recovery Clinics: Telephone logo 0131 660 6822 for more information These are drop in clinics for anyone looking for help with a drug or alcohol problem. No appointment necessary. The clinics are currently held in Dalkeith and Penicuik.
  • Mid and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership: For a full list of advice and support services in Midlothian.

Eye problems

Opticians are trained to recognise common eye problems. They can also provide treatment or refer you to specialist services.

You can also get advice at

Hearing problems

High street opticians offer hearing tests and help with existing hearing aids. NHS Audiology Services, see your own GP first.

Muscle and Joint Problems

You can contact the physiotherapy service directly for muscle and joint problems such as back, neck, hip or knee pain. They can give advice and an appointment if necessary. Telephone logo 0800 917 9390 or go to and use the search function

Foot Problems

If you have a foot problem, see the Podiatry section or go to and search for the section on foot problems.

Young people

If you are aged 12-21 and you are looking for support or advice about sexual health, mental health or substance use, contact:

If you do need advice from a doctor…

Animated man haveing an emergencyYou can make a GP phone appointment instead of attending the GP practice or through an App on GP’s web site. If the doctor feels they need to see you, they will ask you to come in.

Reception staff may ask why and are bound by the same confidentiality rules as doctors and nurses. Remember to cancel your GP appointment, if not required.

If you think that someone’s life is at risk, you should call 999 right away.

We want to be there when you need us most.
It’s your NHS, please use it wisely.

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Health section logoAdult Social Care

Midlothian Health and Social Care PartnershipMidlothian Council’s Adult Social Care Department provides a range of services to support people to remain independent in their own homes or a homely setting in the community.

These services include care at home, equipment, technology, adaptations and support for carers.

Access to these services follows a social work assessment of your needs. To find out more about an assessment or to request one for yourself or your carer telephone logo 0131 271 3900 or visit You may choose to have a family member, friend or carer with you at this time or at any other time during the process.

If you need support outwith office hours call the Emergency Social Work Services telephone logo 0800 731 6969.

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Health section logoCommunity Physical Rehabilitation Team

Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team for Adults with acute and long term physical conditions that need to be seen in their home environment.

What we aim for

To provide a co-ordinated and integrated rehabilitation service to patients with acute and long term physical conditions.

Who we see

Midlothian Health and Social Care PartnershipAdults who have rehabilitation needs who require to be seen in their home environment. Needs may include;

  • Physical
  • Functional

Our Objectives

  • To facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of patients in their community setting to meet their individual needs,
  • To provide timely and effective access to rehabilitation,
  • To enable patients and carers to manage their long term conditions through education, advice and support,
  • To Provide a high standard of therapeutic assessments which is person centred and needs based,
  • To Provide expert advice source for carers/ relatives, other health professionals , voluntary agencies and other relevant community based organisations.

Our Team

  • Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

Who can refer?

Healthcare Professionals, Social Care, Voluntary agencies, Patient, Carers and relatives.

How to refer to Community Physical Rehabilitation Team

Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team,
Bonnyrigg Health Centre
109-111 High Street
EH19 2ET
Telephone logo 0131-537-9883


Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team 2013

helping you to help yourself

Living it Up

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Health section logoDentists


Bonnyrigg dental centre
35-37 High street
Bonnyrigg, EH19 2DA

Telephone logo 0131 663 8800

Helen MacNeil
64 High Street,
Bonnyrigg, EH19 2AB

Telephone logo 0131 663 9271

Old Orchard Dental Practice
59 High Street, Bonnyrigg, EH19 2DB

Telephone logo 0131 663 8800


Bosco Dental Studio
Unit 3, 25 Thorny Crook Gardens,
Dalkeith, EH22 2RF

Telephone logo 0131 654 9316

Henderson. M
25A South St
Dalkeith, EH22 1AH

Telephone logo 0131 660 1315

Mayfield Dental practice
1 Mayfield Place
Dalkeith, EH22 5EE

Telephone logo 0131 663 2097

Midlothian Dental Practice
Edinburgh Rd
Dalkeith, H22 1JZ

Telephone logo 0131 660 9518

Mochrie W F
21 High St
Dalkeith, EH22 1JB

Telephone logo 0131 663 2431


Gorebridge Family Dental Practice
19-21 Main Street,
Gorebridge, EH23 4BX

Telephone logo 01875 820 483


Loanhead Dental Practice
50 Fountain Place,
Loanhead, EH20 9DU

Telephone logo 0131 440 1161


Newtongrange Dental Practice
5 Station Road,
Newtongrange, EH22 4NB

Telephone logo 0131 654 2377


Ballantine Dental Practice
91A John Street,
Penicuik, EH26 8AG

Telephone logo 01968 675 586

Magliveras Dental Practice
16 Bridge Street,
Penicuik, EH26 8LN

Telephone logo 01968 672 922
Telephone logo 01968 674 322

Penicuik Dental Centre penicuik-dental-centre/
38 High Street,
Penicuik, EH26 8HU

Telephone logo 01968 674 322


Roslin Dental Practice/
6 Main Street
Roslin, EH25 9LE

Telephone logo 0131 448 0367


NHS Edinburgh City, East & Mid Lothian Emergency Dental Service
If you are registered with a dentist, please contact your own surgery for advice or to arrange emergency treatment.

Unregistered adults 16+: Chalmers Clinic

Telephone logo 0131 536 4800

If you require advice on dental pain

NHS24 Telephone logo 111

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Health section logoMedical Practices

Bonnyrigg Health Centre

109-111 Bonnyrigg High Street, Bonnyrigg EH19 2ET.

Dalhousie Medical Practice

Telephone logo 0131 370 3999

Quarryfoot Medical Practice

Telephone logo 0131 537 9828

Strathesk Medical Group

Telephone logo 0131 537 9333


Baby Massage

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)

Child Orthotics

Cruse Bereavement Counselling

Dementia Service

Diabetic Eye Screening (Retinopathy)


Edinburgh and the Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

Health in Mind – Guided self-management

Mid and East Lothian Drugs (MELD)

Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team (MCPRT)



Nurse Counsellor

Orthoptic Clinic

Parentcraft Group

PEEP Group


Podiatry Clinic

Podiatry – Health Education

Speech and Language Therapy

Stop Smoking Service

Dalkeith Medical Practice

24-26 St Andrew Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AP.

Telephone logo 0131 561 5500


Baby Massage

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Child Audiology

Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)

Couple Counselling – Bright Lights

Diabetic Eye Screening (Retinopathy)


Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

Health in Mind – Guided self-management

Midwife - Parenthood Class


Nurse Counsellor

Obstetrician Clinic


Sleep Clinic

Speech and Language Therapy

Stop Smoking Service

Weaning group

Danderhall Medical Practice

85 Newton church Road, Danderhall, EH22 1LX.

Telephone logo 0131 654 1079


Antenatal Clinic

Asthma and COPD

Baby Clinic

Cervical Smears Testing

Child Health Clinic


Dietary Advice

Heart Clinic


Stop Smoking Service

Gorebridge, Newbyres Medical Group

15 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TP.

Telephone logo 01875 820 405


Asthma and COPD

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Cervical Testing


Family Planning Advice

Stop Smoking Service

Travel Advice

Loanhead Medical Practice

Loanhead Centre George Ave Loanhead Midlothian, EH20 9LA

Telephone logo 0131 440 0149


Antenatal and Postnatal Care

Chronic Disease Clinics

Cryotherapy/ Wart Clinic

Family Planning and Cervical Screening

Lifestyle Advice

Minor Surgery

Palliative Care

Travel Advice

Mayfield Newbattle Medical Group

Blackcot, Mayfeild, Dalkeith, EH22 4AA.

Telephone logo 0131 663 1051

Newtongrange Clinic

75 St Davids,Newtongrange, EH22 4LD

Telephone logo 0131 663 1051


Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child Health Clinics

Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Diabetic Eye Screening (Retinopathy)


Joint Mental Health Team Clinics

Mental Health Nurse Therapists




Speech and Language Therapy

Stop Smoking Service

Pathhead Medical Centre

210 Main Street, Pathhead, EH37 5PP.

Telephone logo 1875 320 302


Cervical Screening

Child Health Surveillance

Maternity Services

Minor Surgery/Cryotherapy

Sexual Health Services

Vaccinations and Immunisations

Penicuik Eastfield Medical Practice

Eastfield Farm Road, Penicuik, EH26 8EZ.

Telephone logo 1968 675 576


Cruse Bereavement Counselling

Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

Hearing Aid Batteries - collection point for replacement batteries

Mid and East Lothian Drugs (MELD)


MYPAS Counselling (Ad Hoc)



Speech and Language Therapy

Penicuik Medical Practice

37 Imrie Place, Penicuik,EH26 8HY.

Telephone logo 01968 672 612


Citizens advice

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Diabetic Eye Screening (Retinopathy)

Gateway to Recovery Team (Substance use)

Health in Mind – Guided Self-management

Hearing Aid Batteries - collection point for replacement batteries

Joint Mental Health Team Clinics

Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point



Nurse Counsellor

Old Age Psychiatry

Smoking Cessation


Roslin Medical Practice

122 Penicuik Road, Roslin, EH25 9NT.

Telephone logo 0131 440 2043


Child Health Surveillance

Chronic Disease Management


Family Planning/Contraception

Minor Surgery/Cryotherapy

Phlebotomy Clinic

Sexual Health Clinic/Unwanted Pregnancy

Travel Advice

Travel Clinic

Elphinstone Wing, Carberry, Musselburgh, EH21 8PW

Telephone logo 0131 653 6767

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Health section logoMerrit

Rapid Response is now called MERRIT (Midlothian Emergency Rapid Response Intervention Team)

Midlothian Health and Social Care PartnershipWho are the MERRIT Midlothian Emergency Rapid Response Intervention Team Team?

The MERRIT Midlothian Emergency Rapid Response Intervention Team team are a team of health and social service professionals working in partnership with Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) Midlothian

What is the role of the MERRIT Midlothian Emergency Rapid Response Intervention Team Team?

Our role is to work together with people who may be experiencing a crisis situation, and their carers.

What is the aim of the MERRIT Midlothian Emergency Rapid Response Intervention Team Team?

Our aim is to:

  • Support people to live independently at home and avoid hospital admissions
  • Help people to come home from hospital as early as possible with the right support
  • Avoid admissions to hospital or a care home by providing help and support in your home
  • Support you or the person you care for to come home from hospital as early as possible with the right help and support. This could include a short stay at a care home facility to assist with their recovery and improve their independence
  • Support carers if there is a sudden crisis, eg if you, as a carer, are taken ill

This support will be provided for up to six weeks.

We provide support using joint working. Our team includes district nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, home care workers and support workers.

The service is open to people who are over the age of 16 who are finding it difficult to stay at home or return home from hospital.

If you have been referred to the service, this could be because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • You are suddenly less able to move or function
  • Your long-term condition has become worse. Examples of long-term conditions are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, arthritis, heart disease
  • You are at risk of falling
  • Your unpaid carer is not able to provide the support you need
  • There is a need for a short term home care service

If you are a carer you can access the service for any of the above reasons.

What support can we offer?

  • Equipment and technology for your homes to make it easier to live independently
  • Rehabilitation - for example access to physiotherapy and occupational therapy to improve daily living skills and independence
  • Nursing assessment and input if needed
  • Home care support available 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week to support this care
  • Support for carers from VOCAL Midlothian.

Midlothian council LogoAll support will be available for up to six weeks.

Adults and Community Care
Fairfield House,
8 Lothian Road,
Dalkeith, EH22 3AA
Email: email symbol
Telephone logo 0131 271 3900

The emergency Midlothian Council contact centre services can be contacted outwith office hours Tel: Telephone logo 0800 731 6969

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Health section logoMidcare Alarm Service

Tunstall Midcare Telecare equipmentTelecare is a range of equipment placed within your home environment which communicates wirelessly with a central alarm base unit. This will raise an alert automatically if the sensors detect a problem such as a fall, fire or other emergency. The equipment is plugged into an electric socket and your telephone line. A pendant with a call button is worn by you whilst in your home environment and if you require some of our telecare sensors these are placed around your home. The sensors are not intrusive and are placed discretely where required. If the pendant is pressed or any of the other sensors detect a potential emergency a call is generated via the alarm unit to our control room where staff will provide the appropriate response. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is a small weekly charge for this service.

Who can receive this service?

Anyone who:

  • Is frail and living alone.
  • Is living with or being supported by a carer.
  • Is disabled.
  • Is potentially unlikely to manage to use the phone in an emergency.
  • Has a medical condition which can incapacitate them or any other person who would benefit.

How can I access this service?

You can make a referral yourself or asking a family member or friend to do this for you by calling the social work contact office Telephone logo 0131-271-3900, or you can be referred via health or social work professional e.g. your GP, district nurse, social worker, occupational therapist. You will be assessed and then provided with the appropriate equipment which will best meet your needs. The equipment will be fully explained and demonstrated to you.

What is involved?

At the assessment visit, and before the Telecare package is installed you will be asked to provide the names of two people to be key contacts. These will be people who are willing to attend your home in an emergency. If they are unavailable other services such as the MERRIT team or the emergency services will be called.

Who is contacted when Telecare equipment is activated?

The East Lothian control room receives the initial alerts from the equipment and passes this on to ensure that an appropriate response is provided. The control room is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

What responses will be provided?

A key holder such as family/friend/neighbour, who may be requested to assist in an emergency (service users would provide details of these contacts).

Midcare Telecare energency call buttonFor more information contact:
Midlothian Council Adult Social Care,
Fairfield House,
8 Lothian Road Dalkeith,
Midlothian, EH22 3AA.
Telephone logo 0131 271 3900.
Email: email symbol

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Health section logoMidlothian Community Hospital

Midlothian Community Hospital provides many important health care services for the area. It is located at Mayshade South, Bonnyrigg (close to the A7 Hardengreen roundabout). The Community Hospital allows people to receive more services and have better facilities at the heart of their community, without having to travel to Edinburgh. Front door of Midlothian Community HospitalIt has a free car park including 20 disabled parking bays. East Coast Buses 139 and Borders’ Buses 339 both enter the hospital grounds and set down/uplift from very close to the main hospital entrance daytime Monday-Saturday. Lothian Buses 49 and East Coast Buses 140 [both operating 7 days a week including evenings] stop on Bonnyrigg Road at the main entrance to the hospital grounds. Midlothian Community Hospital does not have an accident and emergency department. The nearest A&E department is at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh or, for children under 13, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Outpatient Services

There is a range of outpatients and community services provided at Midlothian Community Hospital for patients who have been referred by their GP or other specialist. Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership tries to encourage services to hold clinics in Midlothian that would otherwise be difficult to get to, or that meets a local need.

Midlothian Community Hospital Clinics

Adult health services

Audiology Repairs including: Hearing Aid Maintenance and Batteries - collection point for replacement batteries

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Child and Adolescent Mental Health(CAMHS)

Diabetic Eye screening (retinopathy)

Heart Failure Nurse

Lymphoedema (fluid on limbs)

Pain Management Clinic

Respiratory Clinic

Stoma Clinic


X-ray Services

By Referral Only

Alcoholics Anonymous

Child Audiology

Child Dieticians

Child Eye Clinic

Child Health Clinics (Paediatrician)

Child Orthotics

Child Physiotherapy

Child Urology

Community Health Inequalities Team Nurses

Cruse Bereavement Counselling

Dementia Service Memory Clinic


Eating Disorder Clinic

Healthy Living Group

Joint Mental Health Team clinics (psychology, adult psychiatry, community psychiatric nurses)

Marie Curie Drop In

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point

Old Age Psychiatry

Pace Exercise Classes

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Classes

Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use

Speech and Language Therapy

Stop smoking service

Therapies and Health Improvement

Weight Management

Out-of-hours GP Services

Front door of Midlothian Community HospitalMidlothian Community Hospital is also the base for the out-of-hours GP service, providing care for conditions that are not life-threatening, but cannot wait for the doctor’s surgery to open. To access out of hours GP services call NHS24 on Telephone logo 111.

In-patient services

All the inpatient services at Midlothian Community Hospital are for older people. Midlothian Community Hospital has 84 beds in total. All beds are in single rooms, with the exception of a 4-bed bay for patients who need close short-term observation.

The inpatient services that are provided at the hospital are:

  • Admission and assessment services for older people with mental health problems,
  • Continuing care for older people with mental health problems,
  • Continuing care for frail and elderly people,
  • Rehabilitation services for older people,
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

There is a cafe in the hospital which is open to the public serving hot drinks and food. The hospital also has a community garden, which is managed by the Cyrenians and local volunteers. Anyone is welcome to visit the garden; produce from the garden is often available for sale at the hospital reception. If you would like to volunteer at the garden please contact: Email: or Telephone logo 07772 886746.

Midlothian Community Hospital
70 Eskbank Rd,
Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith EH22 3ND
Telephone logo 0131 454 1001

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Health section logoMidlothian Wellbeing Access Point

Guiding you to support your wellbeing:

What is the Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point?

Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point logoIt can be hard to know what groups and services are available in the local area and how to get the support you need.

The Access Point is all about guiding you to access the support you need to increase your mental wellbeing—reducing low mood and your feelings of stress; increasing your confidence and self-esteem. The Access Point is not a crisis or emergency service.

How can the Access Point help you?

It can help through supporting you to:

  • Understand more about why you feel unwell
  • Find out what’s going on in your local community—groups, activities and services
  • Access the support that will work best for you

Who can access and use the service?

If you are:

  • An adult living within Midlothian (18-65 years old)
  • Registered with a Midlothian GP practice
  • You don’t need to make an appointment or be referred to access the service, so come along and find out how the Access Point can help you


  • The access point is a confidential service and all personal information is held under strict legal and ethical rules

What happens when you go along to the Access Point?

Meeting one of the team:

You’ll be seen in a private space by either a Nurse Therapist, who is trained in providing talking therapies, or the Access Point worker who specialises in providing community based support. They can help you to decide what support will work best for you.


  • People will normally be seen on a first come, first served basis
  • A session will normally last for approximately 30 minutes

When and where does the service happen?


Loganlea Centre,
Eastfield Medical Centre,
Eastfield Farm Road,
Penicuik, EH26 8EZ -
Mondays - 11:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs


Midlothian Community Hospital,
70 Eskbank Road,
Dalkeith, EH22 3ND
Wednesdays - 13:00 hrs to 15: hrs

Please note: The Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point will be closed on Public Holidays.

A couple of things to think about before you come along:

  1. 1. Think about why you’re looking for help from the Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point
  2. 2. Do you know or have you thought about the type of help you’re looking for?

For further information contact Psychological Therapies,
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 536 8981 or Access Point Worker,
Email: email symbol

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