Lanfine Service



Lanfine Service - Astley Ainslie Hospital

The Lanfine Service is a multidisciplinary service for adults with progressive neurological conditions living in the Lothian.  The team comprises of Medical staff, Nursing staff, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapist, Neuropsychologist, Dietician, Therapy Support Workers and a Carer Support Officer.  The team provides assessment, rehabilitation and condition management advice, and aims to support the person and their family live with their condition. 
The redesign of this service commenced in 2010 and following a consultation event in December 2011 a key objective was to broaden the access to a Specialist Progressive Neuro Team.  This was to be achieved by developing a Community Outreach service.  Minutes from recent redesign meetings are available below:
In May 2013 it moved to East Pavilion, Astley Ainslie Hospital from it's previous location Wards 9 and  10 Liberton Hospital/  This allowed the service to further enhance and strengthen its relationships with neuro rehabilitation services e.g. SMART services as part of Rehabilitation Medicine Directorate, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. 
The redesigned service is provided at the 10 bedded inpatient unit at Astley Ainslie Hospital and as an Community Outreach service in peoples homes (or other community venues), depending on service users clinical need.  There will be an expansion of the outreach service over the coming months, with recruitment of additional staff. 
There are a number of key aims the service is looking to deliver among them are:
  • To make a positive difference to service users and their families
  • Maintain people living in the community for as long as possible
  • To establish close working with existing community services by collaborating in an interdisciplinary way with our community colleagues
Carer Support
In recognition of the contribution unpaid carers make to the wellbeing of Lanfine patients, we have made provision within the re-design for carer support and breaks from caring.  Areas of support include:
  • Access to short break funding and respite services;
  • Access to training courses;
  • Stress management;
  • Benefits advice;
  • Signposting and referrals to other services; and providing information.  
Break from Care Fund
The Lanfine Breaks from Caring Fund will offer carers of people using Lanfine services an opportunity to apply for funding as an alternative to the overnight inpatient service, which has historically given carers a break from caring.  Funding is allocated on an annual basis (up to a maximum of £1000). As a carer you can use the funding to access breaks from caring which support you in your role and help improve your well-being.
Additional Service
Currently 6 beds are used in the Lanfine Service to provide an Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Service to patients of working age (up to aged 70) the remaining beds will be used to provide post acute assessment and neurorehabilitation for people who live with a Progressive Neurological Disorder. 
For further information on the redesign process please contact:
Mr Mike Holligan, Clinical Services Development Manager, at or 0131 537 9516

Last Reviewed: 07/10/2016