Improving the Cancer Journey Lothian Launch with Macmillan

A new service has been launched in Edinburgh and the Lothians to ensure cancer patients are offered emotional, practical and financial support. Cancer patients across the area can now access all the help they need by making just one phone call. Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey Service will provide cancer patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians with dedicated one-to-one support worker. They will help them access a wide range of support, from benefits advice and emotional support to help at home or with other practical needs. Anyone currently living with cancer can also access the service by simply calling the team to arrange an appointment. The project is open to everyone aged 16 and over living with cancer regardless of their cancer type or where they live in the Lothians. To find out more about the service call 07977 307 286 or 07929 784315 or email

Alison Macdonald, ELHSCP Chief Officer, says:

“I warmly welcome the launch of this new service, in a cooperation between East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support, which will provide people living with cancer with access to a package of valuable support at a difficult time for themselves and their families.

The effects of a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and life-changing and it is important that patients are provided with practical support beyond receiving high-quality clinical care. Through the ICJ service East Lothian patients will be able to receive help from skilled practitioners and much-needed advice on what support services are available close to home. I believe it will have a positive impact for people living with cancer.”

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Herbert Protocol and Purple Alert

Helping people with dementia at risk of going missing

The Herbert Protocol is a nationally recognised scheme focused on people living with dementia who may be at risk of going missing. The main aim of the Herbert Protocol form is that it is completed in advance so that significant information is recorded and readily available for police in the event of someone going missing. It can help the police to find someone who goes missing more quickly.

People who care for someone with dementia can fill out a form with details about the person including where the person grew up,  favourite places, and a picture of the person with consent to share this on social media should it be required.

The form is then kept somewhere safe in the person’s household. If the person goes missing, the form helps police to quickly access important information to help find them. Find out more and download the form at

Purple Alert

A community minded app for people with dementia if they are missing

Purple Alert is a free app designed by people living with dementia and carers, Alzheimer Scotland staff, Police Scotland, Social Work, Dementia Friends Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships and Telecare Services.

After successfully reach our milestone of 10,000 downloads, Purple Alert has gone through a major design and functionality upgrade. While the main functionality is still helping finding a person with dementia if they’re lost, the new app serves tailored content to users, depending on where you are in Scotland or when you use the app

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