CHANGES Cycling for Health Programme for Beginners in Musselburgh

This free six-week programme is supported by trained, friendly and supportive volunteer ride leaders, helping adults who haven’t cycled for some time or those wanting to improve their cycling skills build up their confidence on a bike.

All equipment is provided so don’t be put off if you don’t have a bike!

The sessions are due to start on Wed 30th May, 2018, Thu 31st May and Sun 3rd June so there is likely to be a session to suit most people.

The timing of the weekday sessions might be of particular interest to parents/grandparents who would like to build up confidence while their children are at school.

If you have any questions, contact Heather Cameron, Project Worker, CHANGES Community Health Project, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6QA

Main Office No 0131 653 3977

Direct Line No 0131 653 1080

Website  www.changeschp.com

Construction to start on East Lothian Community Hospital

Work on the new £70m East Lothian Community Hospital will start in October after financial contracts were signed with the Scottish Government.

The highly anticipated facility, which is being developed jointly by NHS Lothian and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, will provide a fit-for-purpose facility to deliver high quality healthcare for the county.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Today is a very exciting milestone in the development of the new East Lothian Community Hospital. It has taken many years of careful planning to get to this point, but I am delighted to be able to announce today that construction work will start in a few weeks on this £70 million project.

“The new hospital will be a significant addition to the local healthcare facilities available in East Lothian – bringing services back to the area and helping more patients get treatment closer to home. I look forward to work getting underway and seeing this fantastic new facility become a reality.

The first phase of works will see the outpatient department and combined endoscopy/surgery suite developed at the current Roodlands Hospital site.

David Small, Chief Officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this point and I’m delighted to say that construction of the new hospital will soon start.

“The community hospital will make a huge difference to how and where people in the county are treated. Services which are currently being delivered in ageing facilities at Roodlands and Herdmanflat can look forward to being transformed within the new building. It will mean closer and more joined up working between staff and services and will bring an improved experience for all of our patients.

Artist impressionCouncillor Donald Grant, Chair, East Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB), said: “This is a very exciting day for healthcare in East Lothian. It has been a long process and we have done a lot of consultation along the way, which is significant when delivering a community asset of this importance.

“It will make a huge difference to the lives of many people in East Lothian, enabling high quality care closer to home and family in state-of-the-art surroundings. It will play a key role in helping the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership to deliver its vision of best health, best care and best value for our communities.

The new East Lothian Community Hospital is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner, Hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor.

z-zRichard Park, Operations Director, Hub South Scotland Ltd, said: “This is Hub South East’s largest revenue funded project to date and we are proud to have worked in partnership with NHS Lothian for over five years – from the development of the masterplan and clinical model, through to the imminent construction of the new community hospital.

“It’s been a true collaborative effort to reach this exciting milestone and I’m delighted that we now have everything in place to enable our contractor, Morrison Construction, to start on site next month.

“We look forward to ensuring that the project not only creates a fantastic new healthcare facility for East Lothian, but that we deliver a range of community benefits for local people during the build, from apprenticeships to supporting local businesses.

In order to allow for works to start on the community hospital, a number of buildings which currently occupy the site will need to be demolished.

As a result, patients from East Fortune House at Roodlands will be relocated to Crookston Care Home in Tranent. The NHS floor at Crookston Care Home currently provides ‘step down’ care for East Lothian patients who have, in the main, been transferred from Edinburgh Hospitals. A new step down facility for East Lothian patients is being created in Liberton Hospital in Edinburgh to allow this move to take place.

The Physiotherapy Department at Roodlands will also transfer to Herdmanflat Hospital as part of this process.

The hospital will be fully operational by early 2020.

Suicide Awareness Events in East Lothian

On 10th September, people from around the world will mark World Suicide Prevention Day, an event that promotes suicide awareness and efforts to prevent suicide.

2014_wspd_banner_englishIn 2011, 22 people took their own lives in East Lothian – the highest since 1991. This figure decreased the following year to 18 and fell further last year to 13*.

In East Lothian, a week long series of events is being organised by Christine Chambers, the Choose Life Co-ordinator for the county, in conjunction with CHANGES and Stepping Out.

This includes a daily broadcast on Radio Saltire which Brian Glass, CHANGES Choose Life Training Co-ordinator, explains: “Each day from Monday 8th until Friday 12th September, between 12 and 1pm, there will be input from those who have experienced suicidal thoughts – or a carer or a representative from a supporting organisation – presenting different perspectives on suicide prevention and raising awareness of the resources available throughout East Lothian.

If you can read between the lines, you can save lives. That’s the message that Brian hopes to get across at Thursday’s SafeTALK event at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre. “We are running a three-hour training course which gives the attendess the skills to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide, and to connect that person to someone with suicide intervention skills.” Anyone wishing to book the course should email brian@changeschp.org.uk.

For those bereaved by suicide, there will be a special time for reflection in St Andrew’s Church, in Musselburgh. To find out more, call Christine 01620 820176.

A LONG WAY DOWNThe week culminates with a free screening of Pascal Chaumeil’s black comedy ‘A Long Way Down’ at the Masonic Hall in North Berwick, at 7p.m. on Friday 12th with an optional post-film discussion and drinks. For further information contact Nicky Fox (Stepping Out) Nicky.fox@btinternet.com Phone: 07966 535 514

To learn more about how Scotland aims to reduce suicide, or, if you are worried about yourself or someone else visit chooselife.net

(*figures from http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/deaths/suicides/tables-and-chart.html)