Oct 022015
The new £72 million East Lothian Community Hospital will be built on the site of the current Roodlands Hospital in Haddington.
Construction is anticipated to start on the project in late 2016, however planning approval and business case approval is still awaited from East Lothian Council and Scottish Government, respectively
As part of the development some services will return to East Lothian and it will bring an almost 60 per cent increase in inpatient beds to the county.
These exciting plans which will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed, helping improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.
Staff have formed a key role in the design layout of the new building, and have influenced the outcome of the proposed plans of their departments and location within the building. While the project team has engaged extensively with over 300 local people, including neighbours close to the Roodlands site and valued their comments.
NHS Lothian have been working with development partner Hub South East Scotland Ltd on the project and expect to submit the Outline Business Case which will set out exact costs, hospital services and timescales in early 2016.
May 222015


With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk – and vitamins too.

You can find out if you could get Healthy Start vouchers and vitamin coupons by answering a few simple questions on the Healthy Start website.

A quarter of eligible families are missing out and the uptake is quite low in some East Lothian towns.

The Healthy Start website is easy to use and includes recipes and healthy living advice as well as an information sheet about the scheme to give to retailers that may not be aware of it.  You can also get local advice by searching #Gethealthystart on Facebook.

The retailers that have signed up to the scheme in East Lothian are shown below:

Alishah Enterprises Ltd – 119-121 North High Street Musselburgh EH21 6JE

Best One Prestonpans Local Convenience Store – 225 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9BD Boots The Chemist – Dalkeith EH22 1JB

Boots The Chemist – Haddington EH41 3EE

Boots The Chemist – Musselburgh EH21 7DZ

Boots The Chemist – North Berwick EH39 4HF

Co-op – Dunbar Lothian EH42 1EN

Co-op Pharmacy – 176 High Street Prestonpans EH32 0AZ

Co-op Pharmacy – Bankton Prestonpans EH32 9QW

Co-op Pharmacy – Musselburgh Scotland EH21 6JE

Crunchy Carrot Ltd – 43 High Street Dubbar East Lothian EH42 1SH

Dalkeith Fruit Market – 28 High Street Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 1HR

Eat Lothian Roots & Fruits – Mid Road Ind. Estate Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9ER

Fair Price Food News – 120 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9AD

Farm Foods Dalkeith – Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 1HU

Farm Foods Musselburgh – Musselburgh EH21 7DE

Farm Foods Tranent – Tranent EH33 1LW

Kut Kost Food Store – 82 Oak Crescent Mayfield Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 5JX

Lidl – 5a Newmills Road Dalkeith EH22 1DU

Lidl – High Street Prestonpans EH32 9AN

Lidl – Newhailes Rd Musselburgh EH21 6QD

Lloyds Pharmacy – 17 Eskdaill Court Dalkeith EH22 1AG

Lloyds Pharmacy – 25 High Street Dunbar East Lothian EH42 1EN

Lloyds Pharmacy – 50-52 High Street Tranent East Lothian EH33 1HQ

Martins – Haddington East Lothian EH41 3ED

Mccolls – Musselburgh Lothian EH21 7DZ

Mini Market – 76 New Row Elphinstone Road Tranent East Lothian EH33 2AE

Naveco General Stores – 16a Woodburn Road Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 2AT

Open All Hours – 56 Eskview Terrace Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 6LX

Ormiston Grows Ltd – 20 Main Street Ormiston East Lothian EH35 5HT

P & H Marr – 13 Winton Place Tranent East Lothian EH33 1AF

Premier Store – 8 Muirpark Drive Tranent East Lothian EH33 2PE

Right Medicine Pharmacy Ltd – 20 High Street Haddington East Lothian EH41 3ES

Rs Mccoll – Dalkeith Lothian EH22 1HU

Scotmid Co-operative – 180-184 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9AZ

Scotmid Co-operative – 40a Redburn Road Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9NG

Scotmid Co-operative – Hawthorn Road Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9QW

Tesco – Bonnyrigg Road Dalkeith Lothian EH22 3PP

Tesco – Mall Avenue Musselburgh Lothian EH21 7BL

Tesco – Newton Port Haddington Lothian EH41 3LZ

Tesco – Tantallon Road North Berwick Lothian EH39 5NF

Tranent Post Office And Spar Shop – 43 High Street Tranent East Lothian EH33 1LN

Wallyford Grocer – 121 Salters Road Wallyford Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 8AQ

Wilson’s Fresh Farm Produce – 119 High Street Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 7DA

Yester Farm Dairies – Yestermains Farm Gifford East Lothian EH41 4JG

(as at 22 May 2015 – put your postcode in the ‘Search for a Retailer’ box on the Healthy Start website for up-to-date tailored results).

Apr 192015

Proposals for the new East Lothian Community Hospital will go on show to the public at a host of events across the county in May.

A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to East Lothian Council and a number of community consultation events will now follow.
These events will help to gather views about the look and feel of the building, landscaping at the site along with access to the new hospital, which is proposed to be built at Roodlands in Haddington.
NHS Lothian, working with our development partner Hub South East Scotland, would then anticipate submitting a planning application for the project this summer.
Staff and service providers have been involved in workshops over the past few months to develop the designs of the new hospital.
This work has involved deciding on locations for departments within the new facility. Access to and from the site has also been carefully considered as part of this process.
David Small, Joint Director, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are keen to hear views from service users, patients and the public about the latest proposals which will go to the council planning committee in the summer.
“So far we have listened to what people have had to say about the new development and it’s important to the success of the project that this continues as we move ahead.
“We would ask those interested in the development to come along and share their comments on the plans we have at this point. Senior members of the project team who are leading on the development will be able to answer any questions you have on the day.”
The dates and locations for the public meetings are:
Friday 15th May             2pm – 7pm    Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Saturday 16th May        10am – 2pm   Town House (Main Hall), Haddington
Tuesday 19th May         6pm – 8pm     Esk Rooms 1 and 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
Thursday 21st May        6pm – 8pm     Hope Rooms, North Berwick
The outline business case for the project is also being developed in tandem with the planning proposals and this will set out costs, location, hospital services and timescales.
The project team would anticipate submitting the outline business case for approval to the Scottish Government by summer 2015.
Sep 162013

Last week was International Suicide Prevention Week. Following the success of the interviews we hosted last year, Radio Saltire was keen to take up the invitation from Brian Glass of CHANGES CHP in Musselburgh to try and raise awareness of this often difficult subject.

You can now listen to all 4 discussions using the widget below. Please note that discussions 2 and 4 are in two parts.

Suicide Prevention Week on Mixcloud

Discussion 1 (Tuesday) – Brian talks about the latest stats and introduces the discussions taking place later in the week.

Discussion 2 (Wednesday) – Brian is joined by Gary Smith from CHANGES and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer to discuss how suicide can affect adults and how we can intervene when we are worried.

Discussion 3 (Thursday) – Brian is joined by Charmian Currie from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (NHS Lothian). Charmian is also an ASIST trainer that specialises in working with children and adolescents.

Discussion 4 (Friday) – Brian is joined by Debbie someone who has first hand experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts, she chats about her experiences and her thinking. She discusses how she got help and why she knew that talking about her feelings would help.


If you are worried about someone or you are thinking about suicide, you can use the details below to talk to someone that can help.

*Unfortunately Mixcloud’s Widgets do not function properly on mobile devices. Please download the app for your device and then search for “RSaltire”

Sep 062013

During Suicide Prevention Week (September 9th – 15th 2013) and in association with CHANGES Community Health Project, East Lothian Council and Choose Life, Radio Saltire will be broadcasting a series of short discussions focusing on Suicide and Suicide Prevention.

All discussions will be broadcast live at 9.30am during the RS Breakfast Show.

Tuesday 10th

Brian Glass, Suicide Prevention Training Co-ordinator for East Lothian, will cover the latest suicide statistics for Scotland and how they effect us all. Talk about why we need to be vigilant even though the county saw a fall in numbers and give an introduction to the other discussions taking place during the week.

Wednesday 11th

Gary Smith, Project Co-ordinator at CHANGES and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, will discuss with Brian the trigger factors for adults, what we can expect to see in someone at risk and what we can do about it.

Thursday 12th

Charmian Currie from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team, who is an expert in Teenage Mental Health and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, will discuss with Brian the trigger factors in teenagers. What signs we can expect to see in a teenager at risk and what we can do about it.

Friday 13th

“Debbie”, someone who has first hand experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts, will chat about her experiences and her thinking. She will discuss how she got help and why she knew that talking about her feelings would help. Brian will also give a round-up of local and national services to contact if we are worried about someone or if someone is suicidal.

Worried About Someone?

If anyone is worried about someone or if  you yourself are thinking about suicide then you should either:

  • Speak to their/your General Practitioner
  • NHS 24 (if out of hours) – 08454 24 24 24
  • Call The Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90
  • Call Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87


Sep 062012

Next week is Suicide Prevention Week and ELFM, in conjunction with Changes CHP and NHS Lothian will be bringing you a series of interviews and discussions every morning after the 10am news.

To introduce the topic, John Boyce (Public Health Practitioner with NHS Lothian), will be in the studio tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

Each morning next week, Brian from Changes CHP will bring a special guest into the studio for an open and frank discussion about suicide and it’s effects.

Changes CHP can offer a range of training and information on Suicide. If you’re interested, click on the image below to see the full size PDF or check out their website at: http://www.changeschp.org.uk for contact details.

Suicide Information Poster