Group Advocacy

In the rehab wards we introduced our new Stories worker, Katherine, to the groups and were fascinated to learn how many people had written stories, poems and even had whole film scripts stored in their bottom drawers. We hope lots of these lovers of the written and spoken word will work with Katherine to help produce our third edition of …

Join Us At One Of Our Workshops

Join us for a workshop (or two or three!) to get inspired – come along to try it out with no pressure to put anything in the book. Creative writing: Friday 31st March, The Library at the REH, 2-3pm Storytelling: Friday 7th April, The Library at the REH, 2-3pm Film and photo taster session: 11th April, The Hive at the …

Patients Council Meeting – 30 January 2017

Patients Council Meeting – 30 January 2017 Guest speaker: Daniel Johnson, MSP Daniel, our local MSP, favours increased funding and a more holistic approach to mental health, starting with mental health counsellors in every school and better training for teachers. Mental health deserves parity with physical health but treatment might be about finding ways to cope, such as self-help techniques, …

Staff Patient Dialogue

Patients and staff working together to analyse hospital issues Come along to our meeting … Wednesday 21st December 12.30 – 2.00 pm in the Annie Altshul Room

Notes From The Annual General Meeting 2015

33 people attended our AGM on 30 November in The Hive.  We were delighted to welcome our guest speaker, Dick Fitzpatrick, who is now commissioner for the move of CAMHS Tier 4 services to the RIE site at Little France in 2017.  Dick gave us a general overview of NHS Lothian’s five year mental health strategy which ends next year.  …

Patients Council Meeting – Monday 28 September 2015

20 people enjoyed finding out more about the See Me campaign from Laetitia Jan. See Me is tackling discrimination and stigma including self-stigma, to change behaviour in communities.  They run programmes around At Work, Children & Young People, Health & Social Care and will soon be starting a new project called “Ageing Minds”. Their communities work includes See Me Community …

Group Advocacy Update

In July we heard conflicting reports from different wards about the hospital food as well as patients’ feelings about safety on the wards. Some patients felt the food has been getting much worse, others felt it had improved quite a bit since their last visit. Similarly, some male ward patients felt less safe than on previous visits, whereas on a …

Patients Council Meeting – Monday 27 July 2015

20 people attended a very informative and interesting session with our guest speaker, Paul Noyes from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWC).  Paul knows the hospital well from his years as the MWC’s Edinburgh representative. The MWC acts as a watchdog, safeguarding service users, and as a guide dog, helping folk through the maze of services.  It’s independent and …