Moving on in LEAPs And Bounds

LEAP (Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) is on the move and relocating to new premises in Morningside from 11 February this year.  NHS Lothian’s community based rehabilitation programme is vacating its current location at Malta House as the building and land is being sold.

LEAP will now provide its addiction service in newly refurbished and newly named Woodlands House, within the Astley Ainslie Hospital site. The building was formerly used by Napier University as a health studies college.

LEAP will occupy two floors of a wing in Woodlands House and staff from other services will also relocate to the three-storey building in the next few weeks including staff from Spittal Street Centre, The Learning Disability Service and the Primary Care Facilitation Team.

Dr David McCartney, Clinical Lead at LEAP, said:  “It’s a very exciting time for LEAP, having just celebrated our 300th graduate from the Programme and with the prospect of moving into a new and bigger facility.  We obviously will be sad to leave Malta House as this is where LEAP first began but the move will allow us to continue to help and support our patients on the road to life changing recovery.”

LEAP is a demanding and intensive 12-week course for people dependent on substances who are motivated to achieve alcohol and drug free lives.               

LEAP operates seven days per week and offers people structured activities including group work, workshops, presentations and education and training while recreation and relaxation classes also form part of the programme.

LEAP is funded by NHS Lothian and three local Alcohol Drug Partnerships and is operated in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and Access to Industry (Transition).