National helpline numbers for coronavirus

0800 111 4000 is a national helpline to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Those with health problems are re-directed to phone NHS 111 (dial 111) or the NHS Inform website. More information is on the Scottish Government Website.

0800 028 2816 was the original helpline. It remains live for general advice and guidance on COVID-19. It is non-clinical.

GP practices remain available during usual hours.

Emergency services are unchanged on 999.

Minor injuries assessment – via video-link

(from a tweet by NHS Lothian)

We have launched our groundbreaking new minor injuries service, Call MIA, where you are assessed in your own home by video call. There’s no need to wait in a queue – you get an appointment and experts will assess your injury, provide advice or treatment in a matter of minutes.

Video from tweet is available here: https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1245617013860364294/pu/vid/1280×720/8ylzu3AhdFzc90Qi.mp4?tag=10

Coronavirus and Leith Central

There’s not much we can add to government advice and rulings, but we want to reiterate;

  1. Stay at home. Protect the NHS.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Ensure your news is from a trusted source.

Leith, Bonnington, Broughton and Hillside are very densely built up areas which means we need to take particular care and heed the advice. If you’re confused about the fast moving rules, please check out either of these definitive websites (and only them!);

We applaud the dozens of community groups popping up in the area in response to COVID-19, from street-wide WhatsApps to larger community networks. Several of our members have been active in facilitating these groups, but to ensure the safety of everyone, as well as the magnitude of them now springing up (mostly on “street by street level”, we’re no longer catalouging them.

Volunteer Edinburgh are now starting a larger directory of them. Here are some national organisations that may be of help;

Nationwide support (phone and online)

  • 0800 111 4000 is a national helpline to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Those with health problems are re-directed to phone NHS 111 (dial 111) or the NHS Inform website. More information is on the Scottish Government Website.
  • 0800 028 2816 was the original helpline. It remains live for general advice and guidance on COVID-19. It is non-clinical.
  • GP practices remain available during usual hours (primarily for non-Covid-19 health matters).
  • Emergency services are unchanged on 999.

ReadyScotland (by the Scottish Government) have also released a directory of support numbers

Last updated by B. Ryan & J. Caldwell, 20:23 14th April 2020 on behalf of the LCCC communications group. Information may change.

Do NHS boards adhere to good corporate governance?

(adapted from a press-release from the Scottish Parliament)

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the effectiveness of corporate governance in NHS Boards. This is the third and final stage of its wider inquiry into NHS Governance which has also been looking at staff and clinical governance.

In this next stage, the Committee will assess if NHS boards follow the key principles of good corporate governance it will draw upon Audit Scotland’s ‘Role of Boards Report’ and the Scottish Government’s ‘On Board’ Guidance. The Committee will look at the structures and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour at senior levels of NHS Scotland. Continue reading

Outline Agenda LCCC 27 November 2017

Outline Agenda LCCC 27 November 2017

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 16 October 2017 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: Review of Leith Programme Phase 4 and progress of Phase 5 and 6 by Michael Motion & Steven Jackson
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    … minimising impact of tram plans on LCCC area; street lighting problems; impact of Leith Street closure on LCCC area; Parking Working Group update; consultation on Parking Permit Diesel Surcharge; consultation on decluttering streets …
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    … FoPP report including wall repairs at Pilrig Street; other park and friends groups; city trees; future use of Powderhall railway line …
  8. Planning
    … recent planning cases; brief presentation on planned research into population density and health by Dr Elaine Carnegie …
  9. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
    … remits for Parks & Green Spaces Committee and Communications Group …
  10. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  11. Bulletin
  12. Open Forum
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    … TBC: Leith Creative findings, planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; impact of AirBnB; role of North East Locality; impact of City Deal and Council Business Plan 2017-22 …

Manifesto for walking

(adapted from an email form Living Streets Edinburgh)

With Council elections taking place on 4 May 2017, Living Streets Edinburgh is asking all political parties to include measures in their manifestos that will make walking in Edinburgh safer, easier and more enjoyable. Edinburgh is a naturally ‘walkable’ city but conditions for pedestrians are often wholly inadequate. Yet despite barriers to walking almost every one walks. We want City of Edinburgh Council to build on this and to support our aim to make Edinburgh a truly world class city for people walking.

Here are our four ‘big ideas’

  1. Transform Street Management
  2. Invest Much More in Walking
  3. Make a Comprehensive Traffic Plan for the City Centre
  4. Pedestrianise George Street

The full manifesto delivered to all councillors can be seen at http://www.livingstreetsedinburgh.org.uk/Living-Streets-Edinburgh-Manifesto.pdf

David Spaven
Convenor, Living Streets Edinburgh Group