Local Information - Specialist Shoe Suppliers
For useful advice on choosing footwear for problems like swollen feet, arthritis, diabetes, odd sized feet or cold feet speak to 'Wide N Soft Footwear Ltd', phone: 01530 274778 for a mail order catalogue or speak to 'Cosyfeet', phone: 01458 447275 for a mail order catalogue or for more information visit: www.cosyfeet.com.
There is also a lot of information on foot care available on the nhslothian website. The website provides useful information and advice on looking after your feet. For more information visit: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Community/EdinburghCHP/Services/Pages/Podiatry.aspx.
If you have a problem with your feet that you cannot address with self-help you can contact your doctor for medical advice. East Lothian has podiatry clinics and people can self refer for a clinic visit by filling out an application form. This can be picked up at one of the clinics below or downloaded from the East Lothian website below. GPs or other health care professionals can also make referrals if they wish. For more information visit: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Community/EastLothianCHP/Services/Pages/Podiatry.aspx.
Other useful websites on footcare: www.lookafteryourfeet.info.
Contact points for Podiatry clinics in East Lothian:
EH42 1EE, phone: 01368 861 419, open: Monday / Thursday || Musselburgh Primary Care Centre,
phone: 0131 446 4018, open: Daily || North Berwick H.C.,
St Baldred’s Road,
EH39 4PU, phone: 01620 897 010, open:
Thursday || Roodlands,
EH41 3PF, phone: 0131 536 8472, open: Monday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday || Tranent H.C.,
EH33 2JX, phone: 01875 618 957, open: Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday.
Local Information- Suggestion to contact Diabetes UK
Diabetes UK has a range of support groups and web links which provide a wide range of support and information to people with diabetes and their families || Diabetes UK Scotland, visit: www.diabetes.org.uk/In_Your_Area/Scotland/?gclid=CP_Vrdmv18QCFS3LtAodRBMA9A, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 0141 245 6380, address: The Venlaw, 349 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4AA || Edinburgh group, visit: edinburgh.diabetesukgroup.org || For useful links to NHS leaflets about foot care for diabetics, visit: www.diabetesinscotland.org.uk/Publications.aspx?catId=2 || Scottish Diabetes group, visit: www.diabetesinscotland.org.uk/Groups.aspx?catId=C13.
Local Information - Benefits for the visually impaired
RNIB Edinburgh and Lothians is the part of RNIB Scotland that provides specific local services to people with sight loss who live in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian. Our welfare rights service provides expert advice on welfare benefits, assistance with claiming benefits and representation at appeals and tribunals. Telephone 0131 557 1004 or email email@example.com . Alternatively for information about the benefits available to those with a registered visual impairment you could contact the Welfare Rights Team for East Lothian on 0131 653 5230. You can also contact the Local Citizens Advice Bureau in either Musselburgh or Haddington, details below. Musselburgh Citizens Advice Bureau, 141 High Street, Musselburgh, EH21 7DD; Phone: (0131) 653 2748 / 2544; Fax: (0131) 665 1141. Haddington Citizens Advice Bureau, 46 Court St, 46 Court St, Haddington, EH41 3NP, Telephone: 01620 824471
Local Information- Independent Sources for Help and Advice
The Disabled Living Centre is based within the SMART Centre at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh. The centre offers free and impartial advice about a wide range of assistive equipment. The OT there can advise and demonstrate specific equipment and there may be the opportunity to trial equipment as well. You don’t need to be referred, you can just contact them directly. For advice or to arrange an appointment, phone 0131 537 9190. The service also has an extensive range of catalogues and leaflets relating to Activities of Daily Living and equipment, and lists of local suppliers.
Mobility and a sight impairment
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered RNIB’s rehabilitation service. The rehabilitation service provides specialist assessment, training, information and advice about mobility, communication, independent living skills and low vision assessments. Contact details: 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA, Telephone: 0131 652 3140 For general inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org For RNIB Edinburgh and Lothians contact email@example.com
Local Information - Rehabilitation Training for the Visually Impaired
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered by RNIB Scotland Employment and Learning Centre, based at 24d Milton Road East, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH15 2JN. Telephone 0131 657 8200. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.rnib.org.uk/scotland.
Information on Large print books
If you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large or giant print may be for you. The size of a font is described in point size. Large print is generally 16 to 18 point size. Giant print is anything larger than this. Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point. Your local library is probably the best place to have a look at large print books and check they are right for you. Some high street book shops also sell large print books that you can browse through. A range of large print books is available at all of East Lothian Council’s Libraries. There are library branches throughout East Lothian: For information on your nearest library please contact Library & Museum Headquarters, Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ, Telephone: 01620 820600. Email: email@example.com. There is also a Mobile Library service which serves the whole of rural East Lothian, following a fortnightly timetable. The Mobile Library service can be contacted at Library Headquarters on 01620 060611. Other online sites for advice and information are: For eBook advice: www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-reading/ebooks-and-digital. For Newspapers and TV guides try: www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-reading-services-magazines-and-newspapers-rnib/big-print-newspaper-and-freeview-tv.
Talking Book Service
East Lothian Libraries offer free downloads of popular fiction and non-fiction eAudiobooks for you to enjoy at home or on the go. They have collections for adults and children and further information can be found on: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/200260/your_elibrary/512/eresources_in_libraries Or phone: Library Headquarters on 01620 820600 for further information.
Talking Newspaper Service
East Lothian Messenger is a local talking newspaper for the blind and visually impaired which is based on two local weekly newspapers, the East Lothian Courier and East Lothian News and quarterly magazine, East Lothian Life. It is a free service supported by East Lothian Council. For further information on this service, please phone 01368 830363 to speak to the Coordinator. Or use this link: http://www.tnf.org.uk/local-tn/find-a-local-talking-newspaper/east-lothian-messenger-tn.aspx
Equipment for those with low vision/visual impairment
The RNIB offer advice and support on a range of issues on visual impairment and have an office with a resource centre where you can look at special equipment and aids for daily living for people with sight problems in Edinburgh. Please contact them for up to date opening times. See contact details below: RNIB Scotland (head office) and RNIB Edinburgh and Lothians, Address: 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA. Telephone: 0131 652 3140. Email: for general enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For RNIB Edinburgh and Lothians contact email@example.com You can also refer yourself for an Occupational Therapy assessment by contacting the East Lothian Central Access Team on 01875 824309 for a full assessment within your home environment.