Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

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Social Isolation Strategy – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has recently published their attached strategy on tackling social isolation and loneliness.

The Vision:

A Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected, and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, stage, circumstances or identity.

Available at the link below.

NHS 24 Engagement Event

NHS 24 will host a public engagement event on Thursday 31 January 2019, as part of their 2017/18 Annual Review.

The event will take place at the Golden Jubilee Hotel and Conference Centre in Clydebank from 1pm – 3pm and will provide stakeholders with an opportunity not only to learn more about the services NHS 24 provide, but also how NHS 24 contributes to the wider provision of health and social care services in Scotland.

Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival at 1pm, with a start time of 1.30pm.

Should you wish to attend please contact;

Davie Morrison

NHS 24 Participation and Equalities Manager

Office: 0141 337 4532

Mobile: 07833 402 604


Fair Access Policy: Drop-in Sessions

East Dunbartonshire HSCP is now consulting on a draft ‘Fair Access to Community Care’ (Adults) Policy and associated updated draft Eligibility Criteria Policy.

The Fair Access Policy is available here

To support the consultation process on the Fair Access to Community Care (Adults) Policy, the HSCP have arranged two informal drop-in sessions where residents are free to come along to find out more.

Event One

Date: 24 January 2019

Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Main hall, Bearden Burgh Hall (Community Hub), 69 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 3QT

Event Two

Date: 29 January 2019

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Main hall, Hillhead Community Centre, 169 Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 2JT


If you would like to comment on these draft policies, please email or send your comments to the postal or email addresses below:

Alan Cairns
Service Redesign Officer
East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Kirkintilloch Health and Care Centre (KHCC)
10 Saramago Street
Kirkintilloch G66 3BF

Email: alan.cairns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Hearing aid maintenance drop-in sessions in Kirkintilloch

Action on Hearing Loss will be delivering a monthly drop-in clinic for hearing-aid maintenance at Deaf Blind Scotland in Kirkintilloch.

The clinics will offer advice on how to look after hearing aids and how to change the batteries and tubing (both should be changed every 5-6 months).  They will also demonstrate how to insert ear moulds correctly and will signpost to other useful organisations.

The Hearing Aid Drop-in Sessions at Deafblind Scotland’s Learning and Development Centre will take place:

Monday 10th December from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room

Monday 14th January from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room

Monday 11th February from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room.


All are welcome to access the clinics. Please contact Gillian Mooney on the email below if you require any further information: development@dbscotland.org.uk

EDVA Conference 2018

EDVA are holding the 2018 Conference on the morning of Tuesday 30th October at Woodhill Evangelical Church in Bishopbriggs.   The Conference is FREE to attend and the full programme will be released within the next two weeks.  There will also be a number of stalls for local organisations to highlight their services.

To book your place reply to this email or phone our office on 0141 578 6680.

EDVA Conference


Local volunteering opportunities with East Dunbartonshire HSCP

See the leaflet below on how to get involved with your local East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership

Carers Allowance Supplement Roadshows

The Social Security Directorate are creating opportunities for people across the country to get involved in the design and operation of Scotland’s new social security system.

During July and August, a series of roadshows will be held across Scotland to raise awareness of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement. The roadshows are specifically for those who work with carers and places will be limited.

It is hoped that as many front line staff as possible have the opportunity to attend.

Please RSVP to Colin Bell at: Colin.Bell2@gov.scot confirming your name, contact details, organisation and which date you wish to attend by close of play Friday 13th July. Please include any special requirements.

Roadshow Dates

Wednesday 11 July – 14 City Square, Committee Room 1, Dundee (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 12 July – Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 18 July – Broomhill Activity Centre, 197 Broomhill Road, Aberdeen (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 19 July – Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 25 July – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Room 2, Unit 55, The Embroidery Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley (11.30 to 2pm)

Thurs 26 July – Ayr Town Hall, The Chambers, New Bridge Street, Ayr (10.30 to 1pm)

Mon 30 July – Lanarkshire Carers Centre, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 2 August – Vocal Edinburgh’s Carers Hub, Willow Boardroom, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 8 August – Teacher Building, Mash Room, 14 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 9 August – Teacher Building, Mash Room, 14 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow (1.30 to 4pm)

Wed 15 August – Carers of West Lothian, Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston (1.30 to 4pm)

Thurs 16 August – Cairndale Hotel, Annandale Meeting Room, English Street, Dumfries (10.30 to 1pm)

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland – National Surveys

This week Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has launched 2 national surveys;

  • One survey is for people who live with a CHS condition
  • and the other for health and social care professionals.

Both surveys can be accessed online here and are live until 31st August.

For the Lived Experience survey CHSS want to reach as many people as possible about the impact of conditions such as;

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Stroke, and;
  • Heart Disease

The Health and Social Care Professionals survey is different and is seeking the views and awareness of CHSS, to inform the development of their future services, and particularly the pathways into those.

Dementia Friendly Concerts this Summer

ED HSCP: Speak Up! against medicines waste

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership are encouraging you to Speak Up! against medicines waste:

Have you or a family member stopped taking a medicine which is still being prescribed?

Once you collect your medicines from the pharmacy, they can’t be recycled or re-used – even if the packaging is intact or in a sealed container.

Every year in NHSScotland, £20 million is spent on medicines waste. The biggest problem comes from repeat prescriptions that people no longer need or use.

A recent survey of staff in NHSGGC highlighted a lack of awareness that medication can’t be re-used once it is returned.

Now a new campaign has been has been launched by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the six Health and Social Care Partnerships in the area to highlight the significant and growing problem of medicines waste and to encourage us all to help tackle it.

Audrey Thompson, Lead Pharmacist Prescribing Services, said: “Around half of all medication returned to pharmacists for disposal is not opened – meaning that people are ordering and receiving medication that they don’t even start to use.

“The reasons why patients don’t take all their medication can vary, such as worrying they may run out of medicine or not wanting to tell their GP if they’ve stopped taking their medicine.

“We want to ensure our staff, whether they receive regular medication themselves, or if they have a family member that is on repeat prescription, know the facts about this issue and know what to do if they have stopped taking a medication that is still being prescribed.”

The Speak Up! campaign asks staff to consider and act on medicines waste in their personal life and at work. It will run for four months, and will provide information on repeat prescriptions, self-care, the use of generic drugs rather than branded versions and ways in which staff can help tackle waste

There are a number of ways to help reduce wasted medicines:

  • Only order the medicines you need
  • Please let your GP or pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines
  • Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering
  • Ask your pharmacist, GP surgery or practice nurse for a medication review
  • Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription forms and only tick those you need
  • If you don’t need the medicine please don’t order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it.
  • If you need to go into hospital, please remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag.

Remember that unused medicines cannot be recycled

  • Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
  • Please bring your unused medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet

Unused medicines are a safety risk

  • Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal
  • If your medicines change – return your old medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines
  • Don’t stockpile medication – it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them
  • Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children

For further information please see link below.


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