Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

Month: December 2017

Blue Badge pilot scheme made permanent

The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government.

The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person’s parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.

The Transport Scotland Blue Badge Working Group, established in 2015, has been evaluating the pilot and put forward recommendations that the extension should be made permanent, which has now been agreed.

OPAL can help you apply for a blue badge and provide guidance on how to do so but for more information on the rules and regulations around their use, please visit www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge

Full article available on Transport Scotland.

NHS: Christmas Service Guide 2017-18

Know Which NHS Services Are Available Over the Holidays With Your Festive Guide.

The booklet is also distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians and includes vital information including the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.

The guide also reminds the public that four Minor Injury Units (MIUs) all operate between 9am-9pm throughout the holidays:

  • New Victoria Hospital
  • New Stobhill Hospital
  • West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital, and the;
  • Vale of Leven Hospital

These are suitable for a range of minor physical injuries for adults and children aged five and over.

Contact information regarding the wide range of out-of-hours services including those staffed by GPs is also comprehensively covered. Click the image below to access the document.


NHS 24 Annual Review: Members of the public welcome

NHS 24’s Annual Review will take place on Monday 18th December 2017 at the; Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Beardmore Road, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA from 2pm to 4pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event.

If you do wish to attend, please contact NHS 24 in advance advising them if you have any access or communication requirements.

You can contact them by email at david.morrison@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk or by telephone on 0141 337 4532.


Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – East Dunbartonshire sessions

Every minute of every day someone receives blood as part of a life-saving or life-enhancing treatment. One pint of blood could save up to three people’s lives, however, only 5% of the population are active donors.

The key priority of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is to ensure that the NHS has enough blood to meet the needs of patients in Scotland.

Blood has a relatively short lifespan and the aim is to have at least six days’ worth of all eight blood types in stock.

Here are details of local East Dunbartonshire sessions you may be able to attend:


Date Location Time
28 December 2017 Cadder Freestone Social Club, Bishopbriggs 4pm-7.30pm
31 January 2018 Garrell Vale Community Education Centre, Kilsyth 5.15pm-7.30pm
1 February 2018 Lenzie Union Parish Church G66 4LD 4pm-7pm
5 March 2018 Killermont Parish Church, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden, G61 2LD 2pm-3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.30pm
8 March 2018 Milngavie Town Hall G62 8BZ 2pm-3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.15pm


Most people aged between 17 and 65 who weigh at least eight stone and are generally fit and healthy can donate blood.

For more information visit scotblood.co.uk or call 0846 90 90 999.

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