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Hearing Aid Batteries Hearing Aid Batteries

Replacement hearing aid batteries for NHS Lothian patients can be collected at any Midlothian Library.

Simply call into any branch with your yellow battery book and staff will provide you with two packets of new batteries for each hearing aid.

This is a joint initiative between Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian.

If you have any questions about the service or need a new battery book please contact the NHS Lothian Audiology Department:

  • Audiology Department: 0131 536 4160
Braw Blether Braw Blether

"There is a direct link between what you feel about stories and what you feel about everything else, especially about yourself."

What is Braw Blether?

Braw Blether is a group with a difference. This service encourages individuals to come together to share thoughts, ideas, emotions and feelings using books, stories and poems as our inspiration.

At any one time up to 1 in 5 adults in the UK can feel alone, stressed or struggle to cope with life but using the ideas from stories, books and poems in this way can improve confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

Why not join us and see how much better you feel with a cup of tea and a Braw Blether.

Midlothian Library service is currently running the following Braw Blether sessions:

Mondays Dalkeith Library, 1.30 - 3.00pm
Tuesdays Penicuik Library, 1.30 - 3.00pm
1st Monday of each month Carers Session    

Dalkeith Library, 10.30- 12.00pm

Exclusively for those caring for someone in  Midlothian  






How do I know if this is right for me?

Just come along on the day and see if you like it!

You don't have to be a great reader to come along and you don't need to bring anything with you. Even just sitting and listening to others is great.

Please feel free to bring a friend or support person with you.

The service is available to all adults and is free.

How to get involved?

You can download the Braw Blether information leaflet (PDF)

Then just come along to one of our current sessions.

For more information you can also get in touch with Midlothian Bibliotherapist Fiona Bailey:

Note: If you are enquiring on behalf of someone else we can receive secure emails from NHS Lothian email accounts.

Carers Collection Carers Collection
Help for Carers Help for Carers

The Midlothian Libraries Carers Collection is a selection of suggested books which provide help and advice for all those caring for someone with a disability or long-term illness.

This collection is just a sample, you will find many more relevant books in the libraries and we are also always keen to take suggestions of titles which could be added to this list.

All titles in the collection can be browsed and requested from the adjacent list .


Carers Collection titles
Paperback:The essential carer's guide:2013:Second edition
Author: Jordan, Mary
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781781610251, 1781610258
Paperback:The British Medical Association carer's manual.:2013
Author: Caller, Russell
Author: British Medical Association, associated with work
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781409320821, 1409320820
Paperback:Keeper, a book about memory, identity, isolation, Wordsworth and cake--:2010
Author: Gillies, Andrea
Year 2010
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781906021993, 1906021996
Paperback:Can I tell you about dementia?, a guide for family, friends and carers:2013
Author: Welton, Jude
Author: Telford, Jane
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781849052979, 1849052972
Paperback:Dementia essentials, how to guide a loved one through Alzheimer's or dementia and provide the best care:2013
Author: Hall, Jan
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9780091948160, 0091948169
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Healthy Reading Colections Healthy Reading Colections

The Healthy Reading Collections are aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of both adults and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems. They provide a self-help alternative to prescription drugs.

People can access recommended resources including books, audio books and DVDs through all libraries and Health in Mind's Orchard Centre in Midlothian.

You can download a list of titles in the collection here or ask at your local branch: