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Social Care and Carers

Social care direct is available on 0131 200 2324.

This is the first point of contact for patients and carers about:

  • advice about benefits
  • care at home
  • difficulties with tasks of daily living such as washing, dressing, food preparation, or getting about the home
  • carer's support

Please note that patients can self refer to the physiotherapists if you need a walking aid. Please click here for your self referral form.


Click here to visit VOCAL (Voices Of Carers Across Lothian) website, which is a fantastic voluntary organisation that provides free information, advice, support, counselling and advocacy to carers, former carers and anyone working with carers in the Lothian area.

Click here to visit the Eric Liddell Care website, which supports anyone living in Edinburgh who is caring for someone on an unpaid basis, as they are based very locally at 15 Morningside Road. Click here for their information leaflet.

Click here to visit Lothian Health in Mind, which has a fantastic service called Community Connecting, which helps support older people to increase their self-esteem and make connections in the local area. Click here for their information leaflet.


Support for unpaid carers- people who are looking after relatives or friends

People who look after someone, need to be looked after too.

Many people don’t choose to become a carer, they tell us, ‘it just happens.’

You may not even consider yourself to be a carer and just feel that you are looking after someone because that’s what family and friends do for each other. While this is often the case, it is widely recognised that caring for someone else can have a real impact on your own health and your own life and here at the practice we would like to make sure you can access the right help and support.

 You may:

  • Be starting to care for someone- a relative, friend, partner, or neighbour
  • Have been a carer for a long time
  • Have recently stopped caring for someone or your circumstances may have changed.

You may not think you need support, but ask yourself:

  • Could the person who you look after manage day-to-day life on their own?
  • Could they cope without your help and support?
  • Do you have enough time to think about yourself properly?
  • Do you get a break for yourself?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, or feel you would like help and support with someone you are caring for, then we would encourage you to let us know you are a carer, speak to a member of the team or contact the NHS Carer Support team by calling 536-3371.

You can also click on the links below which contain useful information for carers.

Useful Links:



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