Dementia support

Our dementia service consists of a team of people from Health, Social Care and voluntary sectors. This joint service supports people with dementia, carers and family, from the point of diagnosis.

Members of the team include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Community Psychiatric Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Alzheimer Scotland Link Workers
  • Support Worker
  • Psychologist

You can also access:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Dietician 
  • Voluntary agencies

If you are having difficulties because of your dementia, the team can help with:

  • Mental health
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Individual care and support needs
  • Carers' needs
  • Management of risk

How to access the service

If you (or someone you care for) have a diagnosis of dementia, contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

If you, or a person you are concerned about, does not have a diagnosis but has memory problems, then talk to your GP.  The GP can refer you for an assessment if they suspect dementia.

To find your local GP, see a list of all Midlothian medical centres.

Confidentiality

Our staff have professional codes of confidentiality, and most of what you tell us during sessions is confidential.

We will share some information with your doctor and others involved in your care. If you are concerned about this, please discuss it with your key worker.

There are exceptional circumstances where all professionals must share some information with other staff or agencies. This is only if there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others.

Helpful contacts

  • NHS 24 Help Line: 111
  • Adult Social Care: 0131 271 3900
  • Emergency Out of Hours Social Work: 0131 200 2324
  • Voices of Carer Across Lothian (VOCAL): 0131 663 6869
  • EARS Advocacy: 0131 467 2222

Contact the service

Use the contact details below. There is an answer machine for when the team are busy or unavailable.

  • Monday - Thursday: 9.00am  5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am - 3.30pm