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Midcare Alarm Service

Tunstall Midcare Telecare equipmentThrough the use of technology (Telecare equipment), the Midcare Alarm Service enables you to continue to live independently in your own home for as long as possible, allowing you to feel safe, secure and supported.

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?

Midcare application online form at : Or referrals can be made by a social worker, health or other health professional or by you:

  • Contact us at the Adults and Community Care team.
  • Complete a self referral form which can be picked up from your local post office, doctors surgery, local library etc.

Print the Midcare self referral form (PDF) or Click Midcare self referral form to download

What does it cost?

There is a charge for the service that does get reviewed regularly.

What is involved?

Each referred client is assessed and provided with an individualised package of Telecare equipment.

The equipment is installed around the home as per the assessment, and this works in conjunction with the alarm base unit.

A wide range of equipment can be provided to meet a variety of need, eg movement sensors, temperature extreme sensors, door exit monitors.

The technology is unobtrusive but highly effective in keeping people and their property safe.

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. Tel: Telephone logo 01875 613 921

What responses will be provided?

Response may be provided by:

  • 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).
  • A Midlothian based responder service provides a back-up when required.
  • If appropriate, a client’s GP or the emergency services will be contacted.

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

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Midlothian Community Hospital

Front entrance of Midlothian Community HospitalMidlothian 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. It has a free car park including 20 disabled parking bays.

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: email symbol
or Tel: Telephone logo 07772 886746.

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.

Inpatient 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.

Outpatient Services

There is a range of outpatient 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 meet a local need. A list of outpatient services at Midlothian Community Hospital and other Midlothian venues is provided on Community Health Clinics section

Out-of-hours GP services

Midlothian 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.

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Midlothian Council Adult Social Care

Midlothian Council aims to work with adults and older people, who have a physical, mental or learning disability, are frail or unable to cope or have substance misuse problems, and their carers.

Midlothian Health and Social care partnership logoMidlothian Council provides help to enable people to remain independent in the community. Such help may be required on a temporary basis or for a more permanent solution to long-standing difficulties.

The type of help provided may range from simple requests for information or equipment to more complex support packages. Our services include:

  • Home care,
  • Telecare,
  • Providing equipment and minor adaptations to homes,
  • Day services,
  • Care homes.

Some of the services in Midlothian are provided by the Council. Others are provided by the voluntary and private sector .Most social care services can only be arranged following a care assessment. You will find more information on care assessment and the kinds of services we offer by contacting Midlothian Social Work department.


If you would like an appointment with the Midlothian Council Adult Social Care to discuss your situation and need for support or, if you are concerned about a relative or friend please contact the Midlothian Council Adult Social Care on Telephone logo 0131 271 3900 during office hours which are as follows:

Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00 Friday 9:00-3:30

If the matter is urgent and you need help out with office hours contact emergency Contact Centre service Tel: Telephone logo 0800 731 6969.

Midlothian Council offers many services to people of all ages and backgrounds. Midlothian Council can provide services in a number of ways through Self Directed Support which includes the option of having a Direct Payment to allow you to buy your care or employ your own staff (depending on your circumstances). This can be found in the Self Directed Support section.


You can ask social work or VOCAL for an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP). This plan sets out any needs you have as a carer and how they will be met. More information on ACSPs can be found in the leaflet ‘What to expect when you make an adult carer support plan’ which is available from VOCAL Midlothian.


VOCAL on Telephone logo 0131 663 6869 or email email symbol

Midlothian Council Adult Social Care - Telephone logo 0131 271 3900

Midlothian council LogoMidlothian Council Adult Social Care ,
Children & Families,
Through Care & Aftercare,
Children Affected by Disability,
Family Placement, Adoption & Fostering,
7 Eskdaill Court
Dalkeith, EH22 1AG
Telephone logo 0131-271-3413
Youth Justice, Criminal Justice
Telephone logo 0131-271-3414
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Criminal Justice E-mail: email symbol

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Midlothian Libraries

Midlothian Libraries are for everyone, they are free and local. There aren’t many services which can make that claim.

With nine branches and a mobile, all wheelchair accessible, wherever you live in Midlothian, a library is never far away. Membership is completely free and gives those joining access to the full range of library services, which include:

  • Our complete collection of fiction and non-fiction books. If the book you want isn’t on the shelf at your local branch, free requests mean you can get it from anywhere in Midlothian. As well as standard print copies, we have thousands of books in large print and on audio CD.
  • Music CDs and DVDs to keep you entertained, amused, or help you learn.
  • Membership gives free access to a wide range of online resources. These include e-books and e-audio titles, online comics, and a vast range of online newspapers and magazines. You can download these from home using your membership card – and as there are no overdue fines for online material, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to return them.
  • A wide range of free workshops, activities and events take place every week, from talks given by authors to knitting groups and storytelling sessions amongst much more. You can see what is coming up by checking the Facebook page Facebook logo or telephone your local library.
  • Midlothian Travel information can be found at every library, including bus timetables, entitlement card application forms, and blue badge application forms. Libraries can process completed bus pass applications for the over 60s and disabled, and if you have lost your card you can report it at your library. At Newbattle Library Blue Badge forms can be handed in and payment made.
  • Free use of computers and access to the internet in all branches, including free WiFi.
  • Hearing Aid battery collection points in all libraries. Hearing Aid Maintenance Clinic at Dalkeith Library, first Wednesday of every month, 10.30 am -11.30 am
  • Information about the local area, including local groups and services.

If you can’t leave your house and visit the library because you have mobility problems the library can make arrangements to get books to you via our book delivery volunteer network. Email email symbol to find out how to access the Home Delivery Service.

Midlothian library service is also online where you can register check for a books availability and also reserve a book, you can also track your loans to ensure they are returned at the correct time. Visit for more information

Midlothian Libraries

Dalkeith Library,

2 White Hart Street,
Dalkeith EH22 1AE
Telephone logo 0131 663 2083
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Danderhall Library,

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Danderhall, EH22 1QB
Telephone logo 0131 663 9293
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Gorebridge Library,

98 Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge, EH23 4TT
Tel: Telephone logo 01875 820 630
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Lasswade Library,

19 Eskdale Drive,
Bonnyrigg, EH19 2LA
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 271 4534
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Loanhead Library,

The Loanhead Centre
Loanhead, EH20 9LA
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 444 9032
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Newbattle Library,

1 Newbattle Way,
Easthouses EH22 4SX
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 561 6745
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Newtongrange Library,

St Davids, Newtongrange, EH22 4LG
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 663 1816
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Penicuik Centre Library,

Carlops Road,
Penicuik EH26 9EP
Tel: Telephone logo 01968 664 050
Email: email symbol

Roslin Library,

9a Main Street,
Roslin, EH25 9LD
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 448 2781
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Midlothian Community 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

logo for NHS LothianAdults 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
  • Occupational Therapists

Who can refer?

  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Social Care
  • Voluntary agencies
  • Patient
  • Carers
  • 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
Fax: fax logo 0131-537-9900


Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team 2013

helping you to help yourself

Living it Up

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Midlothian Council Welfare Rights Team

Our service provides welfare rights benefit advice through advocacy, oral representation at social security appeals and general income maximisation for residents in Midlothian. It provides internal departments across the Council access to advice advocacy and a referral system to ensure key client groups resident in Midlothian have access to welfare benefit advice.

We can offer advice about how to appeal DWP benefit decisions and can provide oral representation at benefit appeals. We offer an income maximisation service for people receiving a Health and social care service and for older people who have reached their retirement age. Within the team there is a specialist Macmillan Welfare Rights Officer for people diagnosed with cancer their families and carers.

  • The aim of the service is to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Midlothian,
  • To work in partnership with Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network. (MFIN) This network helps to promote increased access to accurate advice services and target help to vulnerable groups. The network through its partnership working has been instrumental in securing external funding from the Big Lottery, Scottish Government and other funders to mitigate against the affects of Welfare Reform.

Midlothian council LogoWelfare Rights Team
Education Communities and Economy
Midlothian Council
Fairfield House
8 Lothian Road
EH22 3ZH
Email: email
Telephone: Telephone logo 0131 270 8922

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Midlothian Disability Access Panel

  • Do you have a disability?
  • Are you a carer?
  • Are you affected by disability?
  • Would you like more information about disability?
  • Do you want a real say in access matters in Midlothian?
  • Would you like to be involved in decisions that affect you?
  • Do you think you are given enough thought and consideration by those who make the decisions?
  • Do you want your ideas to be heard and understood?

Then join Midlothian Disability Access Panel and have your voice heard.

Contact: Mike Harrison, Chair;

Telephone logo 0131 448 0930
Email: email symbol

Contact: Karl Vanters, Secretary to the Panel

Telephone logo 0790 305 9074 or
Email: email symbol

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So what is an Access Panel?

Local groups of volunteers, including disabled people, carers and people with genuine interest in access who work for better access for disabled people in their local community. Our panel is involved in many of the following:

  • Reviewing building standards/ planning applications
  • Being the first point of contact with local authorities and other public bodies on access issues.
  • We meet locally within Midlothian 3 to 4 times a year.
  • Publish Access guides and leaflets and posters to raise awareness

What is expected of you as a volunteer?

You are not obliged to serve on the committee you can simply be a member of the panel and become involved when something interests you.

You can become a member of the panel committee.
Give the time and commitment that you are comfortable with and do not overload yourself.

For details of meetings and more information please visit Most of all enjoy your time on the panel.

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Midlothian Access Guide

The first few entries (all in Penicuik) are now on line. You can select a particular business or a type (cafés, undertakers etc) and it will tell you about access arrangements (steps, doors, hearing loops etc) to help you plan your visits. Over the next year it will be extended to other towns and a wider range of premises. and follow the menu to ‘Access Guide’

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Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network

MFIN is a network of agencies working in Midlothian to promote financial inclusion. Our membership includes the local CAB and a wide range of advice providers. Statutory agencies such as Midlothian Council, NHS Lothian and the DWP attend our meetings. MFIN is a charity and a company limited by guarantee, run by a Board of Directors.

MFIN’s key objective is,“To relieve poverty and to advance public education in all matters relating to the management of personal finances.”

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Financial inclusion means access for individuals to appropriate financial products and services. This includes people having the skills, knowledge and understanding to make best use of our products and services.

MFIN provides a range of networking opportunities, information, and training to staff supporting clients on low incomes. In recent years a large focus of our work has been around the welfare reform changes.

If you would like to find out more about MFIN, see our website at or the MFIN staff can be contacted via the Midlothian Voluntary Action office Tel: Telephone logo 0131 663 9471

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Midlothian Integration Joint Board

Midlothian Health and Social care partnership logo

Following new legislation in 2014, a new Health and Social Care Partnership, the Midlothian Integration Joint Board (IJB), is now responsible for planning the delivery of health and care services in Midlothian.

In its Delivery Plan for 2017-18, the IJB confirmed that “We are fully committed to the principles of reducing inequalities, promoting opportunities and eliminating discrimination in line with the Equality Act and Human Rights legislation.”

The IJB retains an overview of strategic planning for all health and social care services including those provided to disabled people.

If you would like to know more about the IJB you can access key documents at Midlothian IJB or contact

Tom Welsh, Integration Manager

Email: tom.

Ewan Aitken - Voluntary Sector Representative in Midlothian Integration Joint Board (IJB)

 cyrenians Logo of many choicesEwan Aitken is the CEO of Cyrenians, a charity committed to stopping homelessness and supporting people. They have several services in Midlothian including fareshare, family mediation and the community garden at Midlothian Community Hospital.

Ewan’s role on the IJB is to represent the views of the voluntary sector on all the issues the IJB discusses. Ewan meet with the Voluntary Sector Reference group which is organised by Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) prior to every IJB meeting to discuss the agenda and agree on the voluntary sector view. Ewan has taken note of the response to the issues he raises on behalf of the voluntary sector at the meeting and this is distributed by MVA to its membership. Through his role, the voluntary sector is able to influence the thinking of the IJB, help them understand different solution the voluntary sector can offer and ensure they understand the impact of their decision making on the work of the voluntary sector.

Ewan is happy to meet any group or organisation who’d like to know more about his role and how they can contribute to the work of the IJB through becoming involved in the Reference Group.

Norton Park
57 Albion Rd
SCIO number SC011052

Keith Chapman - Public User Representative, Midlothian IJB

NHS Lothian LogoKeith was appointed to this post in November 2016 having responded to an advert for applicants. The main role is to ensure that the public are consulted about decisions taken by the IJB and that these views are taken into consideration when deciding policy. He also chairs the “Hot Topics” meetings in which there is a chance for dialogue between users and providers of Health and Social Care services.

Having been a GP in Midlothian for most of my career, Keith has the first-hand experience of the difficulties that people can experience in relation to their care. By giving feedback to planners at a local level, the public can help shape services that deliver changes that better fit their needs.

Keith is one of a number of public representatives. Keith has a deputy and there is also a public carers’ representative and deputy. We meet regularly to share information and discuss issues that are to be debated at the IJB. We are also supported by Midlothian’s Public engagement workers.

Keith is keen to extend his contacts within Midlothian and would be happy to have a conversation with any local groups. I Keith can be contacted either through the Engagement Workers or by email -

Pam Russell - Carer Representative in Midlothian Integration Joint Board (IJB)

Midlothian council LogoPam joined the Integration Joint Board in December 2017 following a recruitment exercise. Pam is the carer representative on the Board. Pam’s career was in housing and care, primarily for disabled people. She was a board member and Chair of a housing and care provider for older people. Pam is a carer for a family member and is also a Board member of Vocal, who provide a voice and support for carers across the Lothian's. For the last year Pam has been the Chair of Carers Action Midlothian, a body of carers and carer professionals who work in strategic partnership with Midlothian Council to help improve the services to and rights of Carers across Midlothian.

For more information on Midlothian Integration Joint Board please visit: MidlothianIntegrationJointBoard.aspx

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Midlothian Local Area Co-ordination

What is Local Area Co-ordination?

Local Area Co-ordination is based on a vision of a society where disabled people and their carers are valued as full and equal members of the community.

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In Midlothian Local Area Co-ordinators work alongside

  • Children and adults (up to 64 years) with learning disability; physical disability; sensory impairment; and their families.
  • We work alongside people to enable them to become more confident, supporting them to achieve their dreams and to build good lives.
  • We also work alongside communities, groups and organisations, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive.

What Local Area Co-ordinators do: Information Logo

Local Area Co-ordinators do lots of different things depending on what people and the community want. Here are some things that all Local Area Co-ordinators do:

One to one meeting My Area DirectoryGive people information, help them find things and give advice Take time to get to know people and their families.

Plan with people and communities! Another One to one meeting

Explaining  whats availableLocal area imageRaise awareness that everybody should be included!

Explaining  whats availableHelp improve how public services work.

What is different about Local Area Co-ordination?

We work with individuals, families and communities to make society more inclusive. We only work with people who want us in their lives, go at a pace that suits people and stay involved for as long as people want.

Excited womanWe focus on what people can do, not what they can’t do. We understand that services are not always the way for people to achieve their goals.

What people have said about us : Woman with speach bubble

" I get out more in the community now. "

" You are so easy
to speak to. "

" I’m so busy now since I got involved with my LAC. "

" LAC is the best thing ever. Now I am really hopeful that my son can have a good life. "

Get in touch.

If you want to find out more, please get in touch. Our contact details are:

Catherine Catherine Acton

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07889 456 267

Email: email symbol

Carrie Carrie Poole

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07892 770 079

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Stuart Stuart MacIntosh

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07889 456 264

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Sue Sue

Tel: Telephone logo 0131 454 1785

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Midlothian Local Area Co-ordination
Enable Scotland
1b Colliery Court
McSence Business Park
32 Sycamore Road
Midlothian EH22 5TA

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Midlothian Physical Disability Planning Group

What is this?

Midlothian Health and Social care partnership logoMidlothian – it covers the whole of Midlothian.

Physical Disability – People who consider themselves physically disabled including sensory impairments.

Planning Group – the Planning Group is made up of representatives from Midlothian Council, NHS Lothian, voluntary organisations representing disabled people and carers, organisations that provide services for them. They meet every 8 weeks and are responsible for producing an Action Plan and ensuring that the actions in it are delivered.

Midlothian Physical Disability Action Plan 2019 - 20120

This 1-year Action Plan aims to better the lives of disabled people and carers by improving the services they need to participate fully and equally in society. This plan was developed by disabled people, carers and service providers (those who provide the services that they use) by working together, sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise.

This Action Plan is based on the Rights of Independent Living

The 2019-2020 Action Plan from Midlothian Council is due to be launched in October 2019. When it does it will appear on Forward Mid’s website.

Midlothian council LogoShould you wish any further information or wish to be involved in this group and its activities please contact:
Jayne Lewis
Telephone logo 0131-271-3665
Email: email symbol

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Midlothian 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 am to 2 pm


Midlothian Community Hospital,
70 Eskbank Road,
Dalkeith, EH22 3ND
Wednesdays - 1 pm to 3 pm

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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Midlothian Wellbeing Team

Midlothian Wellbeing Team Logo The Wellbeing Team Thistle Foundation Logo Nhs Lothian Logo

What the wellbeing team can offer:



The Wellbeing Team supports people (18 years of age and over). Having a conversation with a practitioner gives you an opportunity to talk about what really matters to you in life and explore how to improve your health and wellbeing.

This can help you to discover solutions, gain confidence and feel more able to manage life when living with health problems and other difficulties.


Good Conversation

The practitioners will listen to you and will take time to talk with you to decide what changes you want to make.

They can help you to access other services, support and activities if you decide that’s what you want to do.

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How can I access and use the service?

You can ask your GP or another health professional to refer you. One of the Wellbeing Practitioners will contact you within two weeks of your referral to schedule a first meeting. The meeting can take place at the GP practice or somewhere else if you would prefer.

For further information Contact:
Leanne Connolly: Telephone logo 07342035670
Sandra Mackenzie: Telephone logo 07876 035 660

Emma Holland Telephone logo 01316567346 (Wellbeing Administrator)

The Wellbeing Team is a partnership between Thistle Foundation and NHS Lothian and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership.

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