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Festive Season Pharmacy Opening Times

Many GP practices and pharmacies close over the Festive Season between Thursday 24 December 2015 and Tuesday 5 January 2016. If you need a doctor urgently and your GP’s surgery is closed, call NHS 24 on 111. If you need a pharmacy in Ayrshire many will be closed with the exception of those listed here by town:

Festive Season Pharmacy Opening Hours – NHS Ayrshire and Arran

For emergency dental treatment, call NHS 24 on 111.

Check here to find out how your Community Pharmacy can help when you are ill.

Carena’s Newest Provider

A warm welcome to our newest provider, Care Opinion,  who has added a profile of their services on Carena. Visit their profile to see what they offer and how they can help you.

Care Opinion  is an independent service where anyone can share their stories of adult social care or the NHS and currently running two pilot areas in Scotland: Fife and Ayrshire and Arran. Giving service users, their families and carers the opportunity to publish their personal experiences, good or bad, of the care system.

Care Opinion is a place where you can:

  • Share your story of using adult social care services
  • See what others are saying about services
  • See how services respond and when they make a change

To publish your service, social or activity group or organisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the instructions. If you need any assistance please email us at

Choose Life Suicide Prevention Training Calendar 2016

The Facts;

  • More than 2 people per day die from suicide in Scotland
  • If you suspect someone may be feeling suicidal ask them, it could help save their life
  • Suicide rates for males continues to be around three times that of females
  • Most suicides do not want to die; they just want to end the pain they are suffering
  • Suicide affects all ages, genders and cultures

Choose Life are offering training courses throughout 2016 for you and your staff, click on the links below for more information, local contact details and training dates.

Choose Life Suicide Awareness Training Calendar 2016

Choose Life Training Brochure

Technology Charter For People With Dementia Launched

The first Technology Charter for people with dementia in Scotland was launched on Wednesday 9 December 2015!

The Technology Charter is a call to action, calling for the delivery of health and social care to people with dementia to incorporate and promote the use of technology; helping people with the condition to live healthier, safer, more active and more confident lives as valued citizens. It also seeks to raise public and professional awareness of how technology can enhance lives, promote independent living and assist and complement care and support.

You can find out more about the Charter here.

Christmas is all about giving

If you would like to give a present that’s really ethical, have a look at some of the ideas in this article from the Third Force News, via Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS).

All these pressies have one thing in common: they support good causes!

Gifts include;

  • Some Global Good – gifts from the children’s charity Unicef
  • Soap from Cope – Shetland Soap Co, Scotland’s Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Crowd-funding gift vouchers
  • A beer that fights prostate cancer – from Two Fingers Brewing
  • Empowerment Pants – Helping women in Glasgow …

And more, to read the full article and for links to the products, click here.



Ayrshire College Magazine ‘The Voice’ Online

You can now read the latest edition of the Ayrshire College Magazine, The Student Voice, written by students for students (and everyone else) online here.  This, autumn 2015, edition, just released contains;

  • A profile on the Student Association Team, including Angela Alexander and Holly Bates.
  • A profile on the Student Association Advisor Charlotte Mitchell
  • An article about former student of photography, James McKinlay
  • An insight into Banksie’s Dismaland Bemusement Park… and much more

If you would like to contribute to future copies of the magazine, email the editor at;


What To Buy Someone Who’s Got Everything…

If you are stuck for ideas to get a present for someone you know who has everything, what about giving to others instead.  A Lendwithcare Voucher is a unique, inspirational and perfect gift. You can choose to email it directly or print the voucher yourself. The voucher recipient can choose the entrepreneur they wish to lend the value of the voucher to, and then have the pleasure of seeing them work their way out of poverty. When the loan is repaid the voucher recipient can then choose to re–invest in another entrepreneur, or even withdraw the money.

For more information, click here.

A Survival Guide for Maintaining Your Mental Health Over the Festive Period

Christmas and New Year can be really hard, especially when you live with a mental illness. The festive period can be a time filled with stress, routine changes and pressure to participate in activities you don’t feel comfortable with. It seems like all these expectations exist around what the holidays are supposed to be, but when you live with a mental illness, mental health challenges or any kind of health challenge, really, it might be more difficult or nearly impossible to make these expectations a reality.

Here are some things you can do in the coming weeks to preserve your mental health.

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