Dementia support

Midlothian's dementia service consists of a team of individuals from Health, Social Care and voluntary sectors. This joint dementia 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 have a diagnosis of dementia, or care for someone who has a diagnosis of dementia, you can contact the team directly using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you, or a person you are concerned about, does not have a diagnosis of dementia but is having memory problems, then please talk to your GP in the first instance.  If the GP suspects dementia is a cause then he will refer you directly to the dementia team for an assessment.

To find your local GP, please 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 some 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