Other Useful Services


For practical help with a disability, contact the Lothian Centre for Integrated Living. They can give you information about equipment and services for disabled people.

Lothian Centre for Integrated Living
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Fax: 0131 475 2392
Phone / Minicom: 0131 475 2350
Email: LCIL@lothiancil.org.uk

Family Planning and Sexual Health Services

Young People’s Family Planning and Sexual Health

If you are aged 12-21 (inclusive), Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS) hold free confidential sexual health drop-in clinics around Midlothian. They offer advice on relationships and sexual health, contraception, pregnancy testing, testing for some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and free condoms (c:card). You do not need an appointment, you can just turn up.

The clinics are held at:

Monday: 60 Queensway, Penicuik (Stepping Forward Building) - 6pm to 8.30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Tolbooth Hall, 176 High Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AY - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday (C-Card only): Cherry Road Resource Centre, Bonnyrigg -  3.45pm to 5.30pm
Friday: Tolbooth Hall, 176 High Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AY - 1pm to 4pm.

For further information please call 0131 454 0757 or visit www.mypas.co.uk

Sexual Health – GUM Clinic

For free confidential advice or treatment of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia or HIV, contact:

Lauriston Building, 1st Floor
Lauriston Place
Phone: 0131 536 2103
Fax: 0131 536 2110

Family Planning Clinic

There is a family planning clinic held at Dalkeith Medical Centre every Friday morning. The clinic deals with all family planning services, including emergency contraception and pregnancy testing. For an appointment contact:

Planning a Pregnancy?

If you are planning to get pregnant you should consider a number of lifestyle and health issues before you stop using contraception. For more information about planning a pregnancy take a look at: www.lothiansexualhealth.scot.nhs.uk/Pregnancy/Planning

If you need condoms you can turn up to the clinic at Dalkeith without an appointment.

Mental Health Services

Orchard Centre Services

The Orchard Centre offers a range of support to adults with mental health problems living in Midlothian. These include a day and early intervention service providing support, activities, groups, therapies and support from home and a community based support service.

The Orchard Centre
14 Lothian Street
is open:
9.30am - 9.30pm Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri
12.30am - 9.30pm Tuesday
10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday

The phone line opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 4pm - 10pm
Saturday / Sunday 10am - 4pm
Phone: 0131 663 5533

Contact 0131 663 1616 or call in to arrange a time to meet with a staff member to register.

As well as day and early intervention services, the Orchard Centre provides a mental health crisis response service. You can phone the Orchard Centre or call in if you have a non-medical crisis. An experienced staff member will listen to you and offer help or advice if needed.


For a list of the NHS opticians in your area phone NHS 24 on 111.

Alcohol services

If you are worried about your own or somebody else’s drinking, you can get help by talking to your GP, or by contacting one of these services directly:

Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

Counselling, support, advice & information for people worried about their own drinking or someone else’s. Counselling is available in Penicuik, Dalkeith and Edinburgh.

6 Clifton Terrace,
Edinburgh, EH12 5DR
Tel: 0131 337 8188
Fax:  0131 337 9825
Email: elca@btconnect.com


For information, support and practical help for carers contact:

VOCAL Midlothian
Grannies Park
Edinburgh Road
EH22 1JY
Tel: 0131 663 6869
Email: jan@midlothian.carers.net

Young Carers

Midlothian Young Carer's Project can provide information and support for young people who are in a caring role. Contact them at:

Midlothian Young Carer's Project
4/4 Newmill's Road
Tel: 0131 654 9540
Email: katie.alexander@children1st.org.uk

Drug services

If you are worried about your own drug use or someone else’s drug use, you can get help by talking to your GP. You can also contact MELD directly:

MELD (Mid and East Lothian Drugs)
Information, advice, support and counselling for drug users, their families and friends. Services include needle exchange, education, training, streetwork, family support, offenders service, acupuncture and complimentary therapies.

6a Newmills Road,
Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 1DU
Phone: 0131 660 3566
Email: meld-drugs@btconnect.com

Welfare Rights and Advice

Dalkeith and District Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 0131 663 3688 / 0131 660 1636
email: bureau@dalkeithcab.casonline.org.uk

Penicuik Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel:01968 675 259

The Citizens Advice Bureau also hold sessions in 5 of Midlothian's GP practices.

Midlothian Council Welfare Rights Team

The welfare rights team can offer practical advice and assistance in all aspects of welfare benefits. They hold weekly advice sessions in Dalkeith and Loanhead, For information and advice phone 0131 271 3780.

Last Reviewed: 06/05/2014