National helpline numbers for coronavirus

0800 111 4000 is a national helpline to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Those with health problems are re-directed to phone NHS 111 (dial 111) or the NHS Inform website. More information is on the Scottish Government Website.

0800 028 2816 was the original helpline. It remains live for general advice and guidance on COVID-19. It is non-clinical.

GP practices remain available during usual hours.

Emergency services are unchanged on 999.

Minor injuries assessment – via video-link

(from a tweet by NHS Lothian)

We have launched our groundbreaking new minor injuries service, Call MIA, where you are assessed in your own home by video call. There’s no need to wait in a queue – you get an appointment and experts will assess your injury, provide advice or treatment in a matter of minutes.

Video from tweet is available here: https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1245617013860364294/pu/vid/1280×720/8ylzu3AhdFzc90Qi.mp4?tag=10

LHNCC agenda: Tuesday 23 January

Where: Shore Room Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
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Care and Repair Edinburgh – Better At Home

Care and Repair Edinburgh (C&RE) is a registered charity supporting older (60+) and disabled people to live safely at home through providing a range of practical services.

C&RE is contracted by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to provide the following core services:

  • small repairs
  • adaptations
  • FREE handyperson/volunteer
  • keysafe fitting (police approved)
  • trade referrals.

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Mental Health Information Station

(based on an email from the Scottish Public Health Network)

When: 11am-3pm, every Thursday

Where: St Mary’s Cathedral, Walpole Hall, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW

Are you affected with mental health issues? Or do you care for someone who is? Come along to this FREE weekly, friendly drop-in. Click the graphics for more information, or email mentalhealthinformation@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or call 0131 537 8650
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Look Around – See Me (Rozejrzyj Się – Zobacz Mnie)

(adapted from an email circulated by Edinburgh Council on behalf of NHS Lothian and FENIKS)

The suicide rate among Polish people living in Scotland is higher than the Scottish and Police averages, we are told.

FENIKS, a mental health support organisation for Polish people in Edinburgh, has published (in partnership with See Me) a booklet to try to reduce suicide rates. To obtain copies, contact FENIKS via their communications officer, Barbara Wesolowska:
Mobile: 074 1312 1012
Email: barbara.wesolowska@feniks.org.uk