Community Welfare

Please click on the links below to access information from the various agencies in the area:

Village Safety Items

Neighbourhood Watch has been active in Dirleton for a number of years.
Membership is for the village as a whole, not for individual residents.
Currently, the coordinator for Dirleton is Fred McClintock. His email address is:

To See the latest bulletins from Neighbourhood watch Please click here

Two defibrillators are available for use within the village in the event of a suspected heart attack.
Their locations are as follows:
CASTLE INN, on the outside wall to the right of the main entrance.
AT THE TOP END OF WARE ROAD, behind the front wall of the house immediately facing you (Bakersfield", No. 10 Harpenside Crescent).
There is a small plaque on the wall, indicating that the defibrillator is behind the wall
Note: The boxes holding both defibrillators are unlocked, for ease of access."

Click here for a location Map

Health Matters

Gullane Medical Practice
Gullane Medical Centre, Hamilton Road, Gullane EH31 2HP
reception: 8 – 6 weekdays, except Wednesday 8 – 5
phone: 01620 842 171 (repeat prescriptions 9 – 5 only)
Prescriptions can be collected from Gullane Pharmacy


North Berwick Health Centre
North Berwick Group Practice, 54 St. Baldred’s Road, North Berwick EH39 4PU
reception: 8am to 6pm weekdays
phone: appointments 01620 893 263 (8.30 onwards)
phone: repeat prescriptions 01620 897 007 (10.30 – 11.30 and 2 – 3 only)
phone: visits 01620 892 169
repeat prescriptions from:
Boots Pharmacy, North Berwick
Fergusons Pharmacy, North Berwick


Contacts with Medical Services outside GP Reception Hours
NHS24 dial 111
If you have a problem reaching 111, dial 100 (operator) 6.30pm – 8am.
Serious Emergencies dial 999 for ambulance


East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELSCHP)
Information on the various services currently offered by the National Health Service in East Lothian can be found on the website: NHS Lothian
The new body integrating health and community care is now in place, and will be called the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership.
Further information at:
and East Lothian Council website.

One of the core aims of this partnership is to prevent avoidable emergency admissions of older people to hospital, and to prevent unnecessary delays in discharge from hospital, by integrating health and social care services.

NHS Podiatry Services in Lothian Region
Website: NHS Lothian Podiatry


Podiatry Plus Scotland
Website: Podiatry Plus Scotland
Edingburgh Clinic – Telephone: 0131 629 2029
Haddington Clinic – Telephone: 01620 825570


Haddington Podiatry
Website: Haddington Podiatry
Contact: Angela Carter
Telephone: 07798 646999


Claire Millar Podiatry
Telephone: 07791 551552
(Claire also has a clinic at the MacDonald Marine Hotel, Cromwell Road, North Berwick EH39 4LZ)


East Lothian Mobile Foot Clinic
Foot treatment in the comfort of your own home.
Contact: Nikkie Butters
Phone Nikkie 07963 423837

There are a number of these facilities throughout East Lothian, of which the nearest day centres to Dirleton are in Gullane and North Berwick. The advice from East Lothian Council is that because the services offered vary, the best approach is to contact them directly with enquiries.

Gullane Day Centre
Hamilton Road
Gullane, EH31 2HP
phone: 01620 843 084
Coordinator: Joan Hogg, Manager

North Berwick Day Care Association
St Regulas, 6 St Andrews Street
North Berwick, EH39 4NU
phone: 01620 890 906
Coordinator: Carol Wicker

Dirleton Lunch Hub
This is held on the first Wednesday in the month.
Dirleton Kirk Hall 12 to 2 p.m.
Delicious home made soup and cakes served by volunteers
£5, concessions £4, children £2.
Everyone welcome – residents and visitors, young and old.
Coordinator: Anne Orr (Dirleton Good Neighbours)

There is considerable internet information available on dementia issues, and a growing awareness in local communities. North Berwick, for example, is now a designated ‘dementia friendly town’, and has recently launched a new club to which Dirleton residents are welcome.


Dementia Friendlly North Berwick joined with the North Berwick Coastal Partnership to become NB! The Club! late in 2016. The Club holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month in the Hope Rooms, North Berwick to which everyone is welcome, and in particular a warm welcome to those with dementia.

Coordinator Contact:

Alzheimer Scotland is a nationwide organisation and their Edinburgh office can be reached by phone for information covering wider dementia queries.
Phone: 0131 654 1114 office hours weekdays 10 – 3
There is also a 24-hour Dementia Helpline Service which is run by volunteers for Alzheimer Scotland:
phone: 0808 808 3000

Allzheimer Scotland offers the following services for East Lothian:
East Lothian Dementia Link Worker – Sally Purves 07468 708 816
East Lothian Dementia Cafe held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 – 2 in St. Andrew’s Church, High Street, Musselburgh EH21 7EA (entrance at rear of church in Mill Hill) £4
Referrals to other agencies
Advice and information
Short breaks for carers

Let’s Sing is a singing group held on Tuesdays at the Brunton, Musselburgh from 11am – 12.30pm. For more information ring 0131 669 2888.

Support for unpaid carers throughout East Lothian
CoEL can offer support on the phone at the moment (during pandemic).
There is a an available care support worker on duty Monday to Friday 10 – 4
Phone: 0131 665 0135
Also see the CoEL website:

This group works across the area to provide help, support and temporary accommodation to women (including trans-women), children and young people, regardless of age, religion, race or sexuality.
To find out more:


Phone:  0131 561 5800

Council(s) and Volunteer Services