Lanfine Unit

The Lanfine Unit is based at Astley Ainslie Hospital. It provides 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. 

A Carer Support OfficeMND and carer2.jpgr is now based within the Lanfine Service in the Astley Ainslie Hospital and their role is to offer support to unpaid carers of people with progressive neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple System Atrophy and Parkinson’s Disease. 
 
The type of support may include helping carers to access respite or breaks from care, or services that will help their physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.
 
Carers of service users who have been an in-patient in the Lanfine service may be eligible to apply for short break funding of up to £1000 from the Lanfine Breaks from Caring Fund (please contact the Carer Support Officer if you wish to discuss eligibility).
 
The Carer Support Officer can also offer information to carers about different types of support available from local authority and charitable organisations. 
 
This may include how to access a Carer’s Support Plan from the council or signposting to your local carers centre.  Carers can access support from this service by directly contacting Keith Lugton or being referred by another health and social care professional.
 
Contact:  Keith Lugton, Carer Support Officer, Lanfine Service, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh.  Tel 0131 537 9087.


Last Reviewed: 13/09/2016