A few moments can drive big changes

The engagement that will shape the IJB Strategic Plan, the Local Housing Strategy & the Local Development Plan is now open. This will shape future services in East Lothian for years to come.

Staff views are key to this process so please take a few moments to tell us about your experiences now and what you would like to see in the future.

Tell us what you think at https://bit.ly/3rAGUnV

Spring COVID-19 Booster programme about to start in East Lothian

Find out more about our drop-in and appointment only clinics

Over 75s, immunosuppressed individuals and those living in care homes for older people are now able to receive an additional COVID-19 booster vaccination as part of efforts to protect those at highest risk from coronavirus. These people will be invited as they become eligible from around 24 weeks after their last booster.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be offered at the following East Lothian venues:

Musselburgh Primary Care CentreMonday to Friday by appointment only (open 8:20am to 4:40pm)
Edington Hospital, North BerwickFrom 28 March, Monday to Friday by appointment only (open 8:20am to 4:40pm)
Haddington Corn ExchangeMonday to Friday for both appointment and drop ins (open 8:20am to 4:40pm).  Drop-in service available to those over 12 years old who require first or second Covid jab or first booster. Saturday, Sunday from 8:20am to 4:40pm – children aged 5-11, by appointment only.  Please note – no drop in service will be available.

Krista Clubb, Primary Care Vaccination Service Manager says:

“The Spring booster will improve your level of protection and is the best way to protect your health and those around you.  Letters will be sent out to people eligible in the coming weeks to invite them to come along to an appointment. We would encourage anyone who has still to receive any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, to come and get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.”

Further details around NHS Lothian’s programme can be found at https://news.nhslothian.scot/Pages/20220311_NHS-Lothian-launches-its-spring-COVID-19-booster-programme-across-the-region.aspx

Changes to Musselburgh Primary Care Centre Covid Vaccination Clinic times from 28 February

From the week beginning 28 February, the Covid Vaccination Clinic at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre will be open Monday to Friday from 8:20am to 4:40pm for appointments only. While there will no longer be weekend drop-in clinics at the Primary Care Centre, the clinic at Haddington Corn Exchange will continue to be open seven days a week for both appointments and drop-ins for anyone aged 12 and over.
 
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership’s Vaccination Programme Manager Krista Club said:
 
‘We are really keen to make sure that everyone who needs a Covid jab can get one as this is so important both in terms of protecting people from Covid and stopping the spread of infection. 
 
‘We are hard at work organising and running pop-up clinics across East Lothian to ensure everyone who wants to be vaccinated can get their jab. So, please look out for details of where our pop-ups and the vaccination bus will be on ELHSCP Facebook and Twitter. We always post those details as soon as we get them!’
 
You can find more detail about Covid vaccination clinics in East Lothian and across the Lothians at https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx 

On the road with the vaccine bus

We’re on the road with the vaccine bus this morning for scheduled vaccination appointments for Preston Lodge HS students. If you need a first or second vaccine and want to try it for yourself, we’ll be having our first Covid vaccine bus drop-in session tomorrow afternoon (27th Aug) -1-4pm – in Preston Lodge High School car park. For anyone 16+. No appointment needed but remember to leave 8 weeks between your first and second jabs. AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer available.

Invitation to the launch of Chris’s House Midlothian this Friday 27th

About Chris’s House

Chris’s House was founded by Anne Rowan, a Wishaw mum with a passionate vision for a crisis centre established in memory of her son Chris, whom she lost to suicide in 2011 at the age of 36. In the years following Chris’s death, Anne experienced an overwhelming sense of guilt. Her hair fell out, she lost her balance and couldn’t go out unaided.

She turned her attention to taking action – through the creation of Chris’s House, a ‘Centre for Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Suicide’. It is the first 24 hour, non-medical crisis centre in Scotland offering integrated support. The cosy rooms have each been carefully designed to offer guests an environment they can feel comfortable in. The generosity of families that have been touched by the work Chris’s House have accomplished have raised the funds or made donations to allow for the space offer calm and wellbeing.

Anne remains an active and passionate leader of Chris’s House she is adamant that the focus not remain solely on her efforts. She is joined in this mission to help bring awareness to mental ill health with more than 60+ volunteers. Each have been touched in some way by suicide and understand the on-going ripple effects that it has on family, friends and the community. 

Find out more about Chris’s House here