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NHS Pharmacy First Scotland

Health section logoNHS Pharmacy First Scotland

What is the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland?

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. There is a NHS service for people who would not have paid prescription charges under the old system. If your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS without you having to pay for it.

Who is the service for?

You can use the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland if:

  • you are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and
  • you are under 16 or under 19 and in full-time education,
  • you are aged 60 years or over,
  • you have a valid maternity exemption certificate, medical exemption certificate, or war pension exemption certificate,you get Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit; and
  • you don’t live in a nursing or residential care home.

How does it work?

You register for the service with the community pharmacy of your choice.

How do I register?

  • You can register for the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland at a community pharmacy of your choice. You can do this at any time.
  • Your pharmacist will ask you for your name, date of birth, gender, and postcode.
  • Your pharmacist completes a form which you must sign to register for the service.
  • Your pharmacist may ask you for proof of your exemption, for example your maternity or medical exemption certificate or HC2 certificate. Try to remember to bring this information with you if you think you might need to.
  • You can only register with one community pharmacy at a time for the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland.

What does the service offer?

You can get advice and free treatment from your community pharmacist for minor illnesses and ailments such as:


Athlete’s foot

Back Ache

Cold sores




Ear Ache



Hay fever


Head lice


Mouth ulcers


Period Pain


Sore throat






Nasal Congestion

  • If your pharmacist feels that it is better for you to see your GP then they may refer you directly or tell you to make an appointment with your GP.
  • You will still have to go to your GP if you need a medicine that you can only get on prescription from your GP.

Can I still go to other pharmacies?

Yes. You can still use other pharmacies to buy medicines or to pick up prescriptions.

But remember, you can only use the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland at the community pharmacy you’ve registered with.

If you want to go to another community pharmacy for the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland, you can. But you will need to register with the new pharmacy.

How to find out more

For more information contact:

  • your local community pharmacy
  • Your GP or another member of NHS staff involved in your care or
  • The NHS24 Helpline Telephone logo 111 (calls are free)


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Health section logoPharmacies

Pharmacy LogoThe Apothecary, The Chemist, or The Pharmacy as it is now commonly known has changed over the years, not only in name but with the services we now provide to the public. A pharmacist goes through extensive training before qualifying, undergoing a four year degree course at university followed by a post graduate training year known as the Pre-Registration year, after which a final exam must be passed before they are able to work as a fully qualified pharmacist in either community, hospital or in industry. To alleviate pressures in GP practices and hospital casualty departments, pharmacy has been tasked to offer a vast range of services, which they are ably qualified and trained in administering.

Your first port of call in non emergency situations should always be your local pharmacy, where you will either be given advice and treatment, or if necessary referred to your GP. Services which are provided: The Minor Ailment Service, where you can register with your local pharmacy, have a consultation when you will be given appropriate advice, treatment or referral. It covers a varied and extensive range of ailments from coughs and colds to skin conditions, free of charge if you are eligible. Medicine Care Review, where you may be invited by your pharmacist to talk about your medicines, to make sure you are taking them correctly or if there are any issues, they may then inform your GP with your permission, if there is a problem to have it rectified if necessary. You may then be put on a service called Serial Dispensing if appropriate, for your repeat medication, which makes accessing your medicines simpler and quicker. Repeat Medication Service, where your ongoing medication can be ordered directly by the pharmacy usually on a two monthly cycle, and picked up at the pharmacy at your allotted date.

Multi-compartment Compliance Aids (MCA's), where if appropriate medication can be dispensed in weekly trays, mainly for patients who are on a lot of medication and or if they are confused or forgetful.

Palliative Care Pharmacies, where certain pharmacies keep an extensive stock of controlled and anticipatory drugs, and are on call for emergency situations.

Flu Vaccination Service, where you can have a flu jab administered at a cost of around £10, but this may be a free service in the near future, for specific groups of the population.

Travel Clinics, some pharmacies offer this service, where you can get all the relevant health information and treatment, for your exotic holidays, at a cost. Blood Pressure Monitoring, Diabetes and Cholesterol checks, can be undertaken at your local pharmacies free of charge (exception cholesterol checks)

Gluten Free (GF) Service, where we can prescribe GF Products free of charge to patients who have been assessed by GP and or Dietician.

Stop Smoking Service, where you will be supported through a 12 week course with weekly treatment and advice. You are 4 times more likely to stop smoking with this service which is free.

Substance Misuse Service, to support with addictions and supply opiate substitutes. Pharmacy First, a newish service that at the moment covers urinary tract infections and impetigo which allows a pharmacist to prescribe antibiotics if appropriate. This service will be extended in the near future to cover other ailments requiring antibiotics. Emergency Hormonal Contraception 'The morning after pill' can be supplied free of charge after a consultation and if is deemed appropriate. Chlamydia Service, where antibiotics will be prescribed on presentation of a voucher given by a health professional, free of charge.

Pharmacies in Midlothian


 Bonnyrigg Pharmacy

 Bonnyrigg Health Centre, Bonnyrigg, EH19 2ET

 Telephone logo 0131-663 6336

 Bonnyrigg Pharmacy

 32-34 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2AA

 Telephone logo 0131 663 8585

 Rowlands Pharmacy

 48 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2AB

 Telephone logo 0131-663 8353


 Boots Pharmacy

 17-19 High Street Dalkeith EH22 1JB

 Telephone logo 0131-663 3158

 Lindsay & Gilmour

 18/20 Woodburn Avenue Dalkeith EH22 2BP

 Telephone logo 0131-663 0372

 Lloyds Pharmacy

 17 Eskdaill Court Dalkeith EH22 1AG

 Telephone logo 0131-663 6789

 Apple Pharmacy

 2 Bogwood Court Mayfield EH22 5DG

 Telephone logo 0131-663 3523

 Rowlands Pharmacy

 Newbattle Medical Practice Blackcot Drive Mayfield EH22 4AA

 Telephone logo 0131-663 0129


 Right Medicine

 71 Newton Church Road, Danderhall EH22 1LX

 Telephone logo 0131-663 3031


 Gorebridge Pharmacy

 35 Main Street, Gorebridge EH23 4BX0

 Telephone logo 01875-820 422

 Gorebridge Pharmacy

 105 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge EH23 4TS

 Telephone logo 01875-820 345


 Boots Pharmacy

 Pentland Retail Park, 16 Straiton Mains, EH20 9PW

 Telephone logo 0131-440 1669

 Rowlands Pharmacy

 55 Clerk Street, Loanhead EH20 9RE

 Telephone logo 0131-440 0511


 Lloyds Pharmacy

 123/125 Main Street, Newtongrange EH22 4PS

 Telephone logo 0131-663 2251


 Alphega Pharmacy

 210 Main Street, Pathhead EH37 5PP

 Telephone logo 01875-320 020


 Penicuik Pharmacy

 44a John Street Penicuik EH26 8AB

 Telephone logo 01968-673 633

 Rowlands Pharmacy

 22 Edinburgh Road, Penicuik EH26 8NW

 Telephone logo 01968-676 868

 Rowlands Pharmacy

 27 John Street, Penicuik EH26 8HN

 Telephone logo 01968-673 939


 Roslin Pharmacy

 122 Penicuik Road, Roslin EH25 9NT

 Telephone logo 0131-440 2596


Pharmacy Logo for Boots, Cohens, Lindsay & Gilmour, Lloyds, Rights and Rowlands


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Health section logoPhysiotherapy

General Practice Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (GP APPs) or “First Contact Practitioners”

The GP APP works within a GP practice as part of the primary care team assessing and managing people with muscle, bone or joint symptoms. Phone your local medical practice and request an appointment.

They provide an alternative to a GP appointment and offer the following.

  • Assessment, diagnosis and initial management of patients presenting with bone muscle and joint problems (MSK problems)
  • Identification and appropriate escalation of those with a non-MSK presentation
  • Identify the need for and refer for x-ray investigations
  • Provide advice on simple analgesia and in some cases prescribe
  • Sign post to pharmacy, community and voluntary sector support
  • Referral to physiotherapy, orthopaedics, integrated pathways and other services

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Health section logoPodiatry

Footprint on wet tileThe Podiatry service provides a high quality, fully comprehensive foot health service for conditions affecting the lower limb. We assess, treat and advise patients with foot health disorders in order to maintain and maximise their quality of life and so encourage a healthy active life with feet that function normally and without discomfort.

When is the Service Open?
Monday to Thursday 08:30 hrs. to 17:00 hrs
Friday 08:30 hrs to 16:00 hrs

The Service is available, regardless of age, for those with a podiatric/medical need. All new patients must attend an assessment appointment at one of the clinics listed below.

Patients who are housebound may be treated at home. This means that the patient is unable to leave their home on any regular basis, without the assistance of Healthcare or Social Care personnel using an ambulance or patient transport vehicle. If the patient is able to leave their home on a regular basis to visit the doctor, hairdresser or shops, either alone or with the assistance of a friend or relative, we will expect them to visit their local clinic. Home visit patients must be referred by the GP or District Nurse.

NHS Lothian Podiatry Department - World wide web logo : Use link to download form, Patients can self refer for a clinic visit by filling out an application form. GP's or other health care professionals can also make referrals if they wish.

At the first appointment, A full podiatric assessment will be undertaken. A treatment plan will be negotiated with the patient. The outcome of this could be:

  • Ongoing general footcare programme
  • Referral to a specialty
  • Short course of treatment for acute problems
  • Discharge with advice
  • Specialty Services


Footprint on wet tileThis clinic assesses the lower limb and foot. If appropriate, an supportive insole can be prescribed to correct or limit abnormal foot function. This service is not generally appropriate where arthritic changes have taken place.

Nail surgery

In some cases, painful nails can be partially or completely removed under local analgesia. The nail bed is destroyed using phenol.

Diabetic clinics

Diabetic patients who attend our clinics receive an annual foot assessment in line NHS Lothian Guidelines. Higher risk patients may be seen more often. Low risk patients should not be referred to the service but seen within their GP practice.

Appliance laboratory

The Podiatry Department has a fully equipped laboratory for the manufacture of prescription insoles. Simple footwear modifications are also undertaken.

Midlothian Assessment Centres

 Bonnyrigg Health Centre, 109-111 High Street

 Mon - Thurs

 Dalkeith Health Centre, 24/26 St Andrew St.


 Newbattle MG Blackcot Ave, Mayfield

 Wed, Thurs

 Penicuik Health Centre, 37 Imrie Place

 Mon - Wed


For enquiries about the service, please contact us Tel: Telephone logo 0131 536 1627

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Rapid Response Team

Health section logo Rapid Response Team

Who are the Team?

A team of health and social service professionals.

What is the role of the Rapid Response Team?

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

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership logo

What is the aim of the Team?

Our aim is to:

  • Support people to live independently at home and avoid hospital admissions,
  • Avoid admissions to hospital by providing help and support in your home,
  • 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 occupational therapists, physiotherapists and clinical 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
  • If you are a carer you can access the service for any of the above reasons.

Vocal LogoWhat 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
  • Support for carers from VOCAL Midlothian.

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The Smart Centre

Health section logo The Smart Centre

The Smart Centre provides a wide range of rehabilitation technology services for the South East of Scotland, covering Lothian, Fife and the Borders. These include mobility and postural services (wheelchairs and special seating), prosthetics, orthotics, environmental controls, blue badge independent mobility assessment (Edinburgh only), custom design service, a disabled living centre and gait analysis service. We provide a national driving assessment service.

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The Orthotics team can prescribe and supply a wide range of Orthotics devices including footwear (made to measure and shoe alterations) insoles, ankle foot orthoses, knee braces, upper limb orthoses and spinal braces.


The Prosthetics team assess, design and fit custom made Protheses (artificial limbs) appropriate to individual patients and their needs. The Prosthetists provide ongoing care and support to ensure patients can get the most out of their prosthesis.


The wheelchair and seating team assesses for and provides children’s buggies and manual and powered wheelchairs. If required the team can also fit these with pressure relieving cushions, postural supports, and custom contoured seats.


The driving assessment team offers assessment and advice on driving to people with disabilities, or medical conditions and also to referring GP’s, hospital Doctors and the DVLA on an individuals medical fitness to drive.


The Gait analysis team measures and analyses the walking of children, young people and adults using specialist high tech equipment to obtain information on the movements of the limbs and the actions of the muscles.


The disabled (or independent) Living Centre (DLC) is a place where you can get free and impartial information and advice about equipment which can assist people who due to age, disability or illness have difficulty undertaking activities daily.

Open Monday – Thursday : 08:30hrs – 16:30hrs
Friday : 08:30hrs – 16:00hrs
Saturday and Sunday Closed


Disabled Living Centre Telephone logo : 0131 537 9190
Driving Assessment Telephone logo : 0131 537 9192
Gait Laboratory Telephone logo : 0131 537 9435
Orthotics Telephone logo : 0131 537 9435
Prosthetics Telephone logo : 0131 537 9444
Wheelchair and seating Telephone logo : 0131 537 9177

Smart Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital
133 Grange Loan

World Wide Web Logo :

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Medical information section logoAlzheimer Scotland Midlothian
& National Services

Alzheimer Scotland represnting help

Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Advisor is a point of contact for people with dementia and their families at any time that you have a question or concern and require information and advice about any aspect of living with the condition. This could include: understanding more about dementia and how to adapt to and cope with changes in your condition; identifying what you are entitled to; signposting local opportunities for support; and helping you to know and act on your rights.

Day Opportunities at “The Bungalow”, Bonnyrigg*

There are 2 models of support available for people living with dementia; our Day Opportunities and Enhanced Day Care services specialise in supporting people with dementia through therapeutic activities aimed at preserving and enhancing memory and life skills so that you can stay independent for as long as possible and live well with dementia. You will enjoy social interaction, fun, laughter, and the opportunity to make friends.

  • Our Day Opportunities service provides support and activities for people who require minimal interventions with day-to-day tasks, are independently mobile and manage their own personal care..
  • Our Enhanced Day Care offers a higher level of support following an assessment of needs.
  • The expected outcomes for people attending The Bungalow are that they will engage with, participate in, and benefit from the service.

Our Day Services are registered with the Care Inspectorate. It is necessary to complete a referral form if you are interested in attending. To discuss whether this service would benefit you, please contact: Karen Fernie email symbol : or Telephone logo : 0131 654 4356


  • Dalkeith (Baptist Church Hall, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 14:00hrs - 15:30hrs)
  • Penicuik (Cowan Court, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 14:00hrs - 15:30hrs)

D’Cafés are for people living with dementia and their families. They are an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to make connections and develop friendships, and to support and learn from one another as well as Alzheimer Scotland staff and volunteers. The first half hour is spent together, as a whole group, taking refreshments, and getting to know each other. We then split into an activities group and facilitated carer support group for the remaining hour.

Outdoor Activity Groups

  • Newbattle Abbey College (Thursdays, weekly, 10:30hrs -12:00hrs)
  • Penicuik House (Fridays, fortnightly, 10:30hrs -12:00hrs)

Outdoor Activity Groups are for people living with dementia. Family and carers are welcome but generally take the opportunity for a break. They are a great way to meet others in a similar situation at the same time as enjoying the natural world and benefitting from some gentle exercise.

Morning Meet-Ups

  • Arniston Miner’s Welfare Social Club, Engine Rd, Gorebridge, EH23 4AQ (Tuesdays, weekly, 10.30-12.00)
  • The Craigie Hotel, Penicuik (Wednesdays, fortnightly, 10:30hrs -12:00hrs)

Morning Meet-Ups are for people living with dementia. Family and carers are welcome but generally take the opportunity for a break. They are an informal, relaxed opportunity to meet and socialise with others in a similar situation. Good conversation, reminiscence, quizzes, refreshments and more!


ADAM is a platform to help you find the right pieces of technology at the right time. Families and carers have told us that they would like to try using digital products and services to look after their health and wellbeing but worry about making the wrong choices or don’t have time to go looking for something that will work. We wanted to make things easier. World wide web logo :

Purple Alert

Purple Alert is a missing persons mobile app for people with dementia that allows the community to help if someone with dementia is missing. The free app allows the main carer to share information regarding the missing person at the point of crisis and allows for eyes and ears on the ground immediately helping with the search. For more information and to download the app, visit: World wide web logo :

Herbert Protocol (Police Scotland)

The Herbert Protocol is a form recording information on a person who is at risk of going missing and it’s referred to by the Police when there is a missing occurrence for that person. Having the Herbert Protocol to hand when your loved one is missing could speed up the search and mean you don’t have to struggle recalling information when you are stressed. You could share a copy of the Herbert Protocol with others in the family and care team.

For more information and to download the form, visit: World wide web logo :

Alzheimer Scotland
24 Pendreich Terrace
EH19 2DS
Monday - Sunday: By appointment
Telephone logo : 0131 654 1114
email symbol :

Dementia Advisor: Michael Huddleston
email symbol :
Telephone logo : 0131 654 1114

For more information, Please check our website at World wide web logo : and search ‘Support’.

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Cancer Journey

Medical information section logoCancer Journey

Improving the Cancer Journey

If you are living in Midlothian and have been affected by cancer, Improving the Cancer Journey service is here to help you live as well as possible.

We can meet with you to discuss what matters to you and help you get the right support.

This service is for anyone affected by cancer (16 years and over) at any point on their cancer journey.

Improving the Cancer Journey can offer support with:

  • Money or housing worries
  • Work
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Physical concerns
  • Emotional Concerns

(The service works closely with Midlothian Macmillan Benefits Advice Service)

How can I access and use the service?

Anyone affected by cancer can refer themselves to the service, or you can be referred by a Health or Social Care Professional or anyone else who is supporting you.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 09.00-17:00 hrs

MHS Lothain Logo Thistle foundation Logo McMillan Logo

Macmillan Cancer support, Register charity in England and wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604) also operating in Norther Ireland.

Midlothian Care Support

 Getiing care supportIf you have been affected by cancer and live in Midlothian, we are here to support you.

We recognise that cancer can affect every part of your life, so we provide a person centred approach which can include access to the following:

  • Confidential space to discuss what matters most to you,
  • Physical Ability,
  • Massage Therapies,
  • Cancer specific information and access to local groups and activities,
  • Peer Support,
  • Advice on benefits and employment support.

Whatever you need, this service can support you or give you details of the organisations that can help.

Appointments are available:

  • With health & wellbeing practitioners at local GP Practices,
  • 14:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs on Thursdays at Lasswade Library,
  • 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs on Wednesdays at Lasswade Library.

To make an appointment phone: Telephone logo : 07909 257419 or contact your local GP Practices.

Logos Transforming Cancer care, MacMillan, NHS and Midlothion Council


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Medical Conditions websites

Medical information section logoMedical Conditions websites

List of medical condition contacts to help get started on finding information on a specific condition.

Acoustic Neuroma

World wide web logo :

Telephone logo : 01246550011

Addison Disease

World wide web logo :

Online form

Aids & HIV

World wide web logo :

Telephone logo : 08088021221

Alzheimer’s & Dementia

World wide web logo :

Telephone logo : 08088083000

Ankylosing Spondylitis

World wide web logo :

Telephone logo : 02087411515

Anxiety, S.A.D.

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Telephone logo : 03001233393

Arthritis, Gout

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Telephone logo : 08005200520


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Telephone logo : 03002225800


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Telephone logo : 08009956037


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Telephone logo : 02078332299

Behcet’s Disease

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Telephone logo : 03451307329


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Online chat

Brain & Spine

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Telephone logo : 08088081000

Breast Cancer
Bowel Cancer

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Telephone logo : 08088004040
Telephone logo : 08088006000
Online Chat

Cerebral palsy

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Telephone logo : 01313379876


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Telephone logo : 03003236316

Children Kidney

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Online Form

Chronic Fatigue

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Telephone logo : 03445765326

Crohn’s Disease

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Telephone logo : 03002225700


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Telephone logo: 01663795055

Cystic Fibrosis

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Telephone logo : 03003731000

Deafness & Hearing

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Telephone logo : 01315563128


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Disabled Children

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Telephone logo : 01314764506

Eating Disorders

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Telephone logo : 08088010432


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Telephone logo : 01414274911


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Telephone logo : 02039652044


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Telephone logo : 0800374803


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Hodgkins Lymphoma

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Telephone logo : 08088085555


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Telephone logo : 01513315444


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Telephone logo : 03330116388


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Irriatable Bowel

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Telephone logo : 02074860341

Kaposi’s Sarcoma

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Telephone logo : 08088080000

Kidney Dialysis & Failure

World wide web logo :

Telephone logo : 08001690936

Lupus & Systemic Lupus

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Telephone logo: 01708731251

Lyme Disease

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Marfan Syndrome

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Telephone logo : 03330115256


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Myasthenia Gravis

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Telephone logo : 01332290219

Motor Neurone Disease

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Telephone logo : 01413323903

Multiple Sclerosis

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Telephone logo : 08088008000


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Telephone logo : 03454500394


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Telephone logo : 08088000035

Paget’s Disease

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Telephone logo : 01617994646


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Restricted growth

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Scoliosis / Kyphosis

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Telephone logo : 02089641166

Sjogren’s Syndrome

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Telephone logo : 01214781133

Slipped Disc

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Telephone logo : 02089775474

Spina Bifida

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Telephone logo : 03455211300

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Telephone logo : 08006526352

Strokes & T.I.A.

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Telephone logo : 0808 801 0899

Tourette’s Syndrome

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Tremors Essential

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Telephone logo : 01708386399

Visual Impairment

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Telephone logo : 08000248973


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COMPASS. Therapy, Support

Medical information section logo COMPASS. Therapy, Support

Compass Therapy, Support LogoCOMPASS. Therapy, Support, Community for people living with neurological conditions,

We help people find direction on their neurological journey. We address an individual’s challenges and symptoms, rather than a particular condition. We offer a choice of options and continuity of support, to help people explore what works best for them now, and in managing change.

Neurological symptoms are wide ranging and specific to the individual and can include both physical and emotional. Many symptoms are common, such as: persistent fatigue, ‘brain fog, weakness, joint pain, depression, non-restorative sleep, decreased alertness. partial or complete loss of sensation, numbness in the legs or arms, changes in coordination or balance, slurred speech and tremors.

Compass. Therapy Support provide:

  • Advice and information
  • Specialist oxygen therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Adapted and supported exercise classes face to face and online,
  • A range of complementary therapies (e.g., acupuncture, myofascial release therapy, aromatherapy massage and reflexology)
  • Fatigue management courses
  • Community referral pathways
  • Wellbeing Support

Compass. Therapy Support offer practical advice and community sharing. We actively encourage befriending, peer support and social activities, and provide career support.

Our trading name change reflects that, in addition to providing self-management support therapies and services for those with living MS, an increasing amount of our work is now supporting people with other neurological conditions.  This includes those living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and severe Migraine/Cluster Headaches.

Therapy Support Fund.

All our therapies and classes are heavily subsidised through our Therapy Support Fund (TSF). This enables us to operate a minimum contribution system for those who can make a payment and provide treatment sessions free (limited, dependent upon funds/availability) for those who cannot: means-tested benefits. All community fundraising activities and events and donations help us maintain this fund. Only 12% of our income is derived from local authority grants.

Compass. Therapy, Support, Community.
Address: 40c Swanfield,
Edinburgh EH6 5RX
Phone: Telephone logo : 0131 554 5384
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Medical information section logoSAMH

SAMH Logo black text with 4 purple circlesEvery year 1 in 4 of us in Scotland will experience a mental health problem.

So it’s important to be ready to talk about mental health. Whether you are living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is, accessing information is vital. SAMH is here to help you. Building a network of people who you can trust and share things with can help protect your mental health. A person you trust, such as a friend, family member, colleague or community leader, may be able to provide a listening ear.

If you are an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure you provide an environment that is healthy for all. And similarly, if you work in education, you want to be in the position to offer the right support to students with mental health problems.

It can be very difficult to see someone who you care about becoming distressed and unwell, but you don’t need to be an expert on mental health to offer support. Often, small everyday actions can make the biggest difference.

People will want support at different times in different ways, so ask how you can help. It might be useful to help them prepare for a doctor’s appointment. If your friend wants to get more exercise, you could do this together, or if your partner is affected by lack of sleep, you could help them get into a regular sleeping pattern.

Keep in mind that having a mental health problem is just one part of the person. People don’t want to be identified by their mental health problem, so keep talking about the things you always talked about.

SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
Brunswick House,
51 Wilson Street,
Glasgow, G1 1UZ
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Sight Scotland

Medical information section logoSight Scotland

Charity Sight Scotland has launched a new Family Wellbeing Service, including a telephone helpline, providing support to people with sight loss and their families in the Lothians.

Individuals affected by sight loss, as well as carers, friends and families with a loved one affected by sight loss at any age or stage, can call the Sight Scotland Family Support Line on Telephone logo : 0800 024 8973 to access the charity’s expert advice, information and practical and emotional support.

The Family Support Line is free to call and open Monday to Friday, 10:00 hrs – 12:00 hrs and 13:00 hrs – 15:00hrs.

Following the new service’s initial launch in Edinburgh and the Lothians, the charity plans to launch its Family Wellbeing Service nationally in the coming months.

Through the Family Support Line, the Sight Scotland team can provide information and advice on a range of topics including emotional support and befriending; advice on a wide range of visual impairments; equipment, aids and home adaptations; maintaining independence; benefits and financial support; and how and where to get support in your local area.

Research by Sight Scotland had shown that visually impaired people and their families had experienced a lack of support in the early stages of a sight loss diagnosis and in helping family members cope with the impact of their loved one’s sight loss on their lives. Sight Scotland’s new Family Wellbeing Service aims to tackle this identified gap in support as the charity reaches out to even more people affected by sight loss in Scotland.

Colin Hilditch, Head of Community Services at Sight Scotland, said: “Sight loss has a huge impact on life, not only for the person with visual impairment themselves, but also for their loved ones. Our research revealed a need for more advice and emotional support for the whole family to help them cope with the impact of their loved one’s sight loss.

“We are proud to launch the new Sight Scotland Family Wellbeing Service and our new helpline to address this need for support. Our friendly team have extensive knowledge and experience to help each individual in any way sight loss is affecting them, and we hope people with sight loss and their families will reach out to us through our helpline for our expert advice and support.”

Other features of Sight Scotland’s Family Wellbeing Service include a befriending service, home visits (when Scottish Government restrictions allow) and online information and advice through Sight Scotland’s website,

For more information on the Sight Scotland Family Support Line, please visit

Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans logo

Supportline Telephone logo : 0800 024 8973
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Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans
Tackling vision loss together

Sight Scotland is the new name for Royal Blind,
Scottish Sight Scotland Veterans is the new name for Scottish War Blinded.


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transport information section logoBlue Badge Scheme in Midlothian

Sample of the new Blue BadgeThe 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.

A Blue Badge allows you to park:

  • in public on-street parking places
  • on single or double yellow lines, at times when loading is allowed
  • in some private car parks.

To qualify:

  • be registered as blind or severely sight impaired
  • receiving the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
  • receiving the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
  • receiving benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8)

or be assessed as scoring:

  • at least 8 points in the “ Moving Around ” portion of the Personal Independence Payment.
  • or 12 points in the “Planning and Following Journeys” portion of the Personal Independence Payment.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may have to attend an independent medical assessment to confirm that you are “unable to walk” or “ virtually unable to walk ”.

Note: IMA assessments have resumed, but there is a backlog due to the recent restrictions. We are working through this as quickly as possible.

The Blue Badge Scheme is extended on a pilot basis to some people who as a result of a diagnosed mental condition, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others. Downlaod and complete Form C World wide web logo :   (you cannot apply online).


A Blue Badge cannot be renewed: you must apply for a new one. Please apply at least 6 weeks before your current Blue Badge runs out.

How to apply

You are encouraged to apply and pay online World wide web logo : This is the quickest way your application is processed within 4 weeks. Apply online if you need a badge urgently.Paper applications can take up to 12 weeks to be processed.

Paper applications

Download and print forms below, or collect them from your local library.

There are 3 application forms for a Blue Badge:

Use application form A (PDF) if you receive:

  • the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PiP) (“Moving Around” or “Planning or Following Journeys” descriptors)
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive)
  • or you are registered blind (severely sight impaired).

Use application form B (PDF) if you:

  • don’t receive any of the benefits listed above
  • are not registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk
  • have a disability in both arms
  • applying on behalf of someone under the age of 3.

Application form C (PDF) is for anyone with a diagnosed mental disorder and/or cognitive impairment. Only those most in need will be eligible. This is defined as:
People, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.

Rerturn your paper application to: to any Midlothian library or post to:
Blue Badges
Midlothian Council
Midlothian House
Buccleuch Street
Dalkeith EH22 1DN

Telephone: Telephone logo : 0131 561 5455

2nd Floor
Midlothian House
Buccleuch Street
Midlothian EH22 1DN


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transport information section logoBuses

Tear drop imahe to show three methods of transportMidlothian is served by Borders Buses, Dial-a-Bus, East Coast Buses, LCTS, Lothian Buses, Prentice Coaches of Haddington and Stagecoach. Legislation requires all buses and coaches to be low-floor and accessible for wheelchairs by 2020.

Please check with individual bus companies for additional information when travelling by wheelchair. Normally buses can only carry one wheelchair. Some buses have 1 wheelchair space and 1 pram space, some buses share this space between them.

Borders Buses World Wide Web Logo : Telephone logo 01896 754 350,
East Coast Buses World Wide Web Logo : Telephone logo : 0131 555 6363,
Lothian Buses World Wide Web Logo : Telephone logo : 0131 555 6363,
LCTS World Wide Web Logo : Telephone logo : 0131 663 0176,
Prentice Coaches of Haddington World Wide Web Logo : Telephone logo 01620 822620.

Community Bus Service (LCTS) Telephone logo : 0131 663 0176

The Lothian Community Transport Services (LCTS) links some areas in Midlothian that are less well served by the conventional bus network to local shopping centres. The network is financially supported by Midlothian Council. Wheelchair users must pre-book the service in advance by calling LCTS Telephone logo : 0131-663 0176. Routes that operate on a Monday, call before 17:00 hrs on the preceding Friday. Routes that operate on a Thursday, call before 17:00 hrs on the preceding Tuesday. The network does not operate on Easter Monday, or from 24 December to 2 January inclusive or 3 & 4 January if public holidays Monday or Thursday.


  • R4 Dalkeith High Street > Dalkeith Morrisons > Eskbank Lasswade Road > Lasswade > Loanhead Mavisbank > Loanhead Burghlee Crescent > Loanhead Dalum Loan > Loanhead Library > Straiton Retail Park > Sainsbury’s Straiton > ASDA Straiton.
  • R5 ASDA Straiton > Loanhead Hunter Avenue > Lasswade > Bonnyrigg High Street > Carrington > Temple > Gorebridge > Newtonloan Toll > Bonnyrigg High Street > Lasswade > Loanhead Hunter Avenue > Straiton Retail Park > ASDA Straiton > Sainsbury’s Straiton.

  • R1 Dalkeith High Street > Dalkeith Morrisons > Eskbank Tesco > Carrington > Temple > Gorebridge Centre > Newtonloan Toll > Bonnyrigg Co-op > Eskbank Tesco > Dalkeith Morrisons > Dalkeith High Street.
  • R2 Dalkeith High Street > Dalkeith Morrisons > Lothianbridge > Newtongrange > Gowkshill > Upper Gorebridge > Newbyres Village > Newtonloan Toll > Bonnyrigg Co-op > Eskbank Tesco > Dalkeith Morrisons > Dalkeith High Street.
  • R3 Dalkeith > Dalkeith Morrisons > Eskbank Lasswade Road > Danderhall > Newton Village > Millerhill > Old Craighall > Asda, The Jewel.

Dial-A-Bus(DAB) Telephone logo : 0131 447 1718 Operated by HcL

Transport for people with mobility challenges.

All DAB routes in Midlothian are supported by Midlothian Council. All Dial-a-Bus transport is wheelchair accessible. Each journey has a cost attached. Routes going to Straiton stop at Straiton Retail Park, Sainsbury’s and Asda, also routes going to Gilmerton stop at Lidl, Morrisons and Aldi, but you can only disembark at one.

You need to be registered with HcL to use this service.

Complete a paper application leaflet available at Libriaies and send it to the HcL office at Bilston Glen, call Telephone logo : 0131 447 9949, or register on line at World Wide Web Logo :

How Does it Work?

To book a place by telephoning your local office, Monday to Friday. The bus will pick you up at your door (if necessary the driver will escort you to the bus) and will set you down at the shopping location. You will have between 1 to 2 hours at the shopping centre and then return home. The driver will take you and your shopping to your door if you need help.

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