Miles Briggs – Con­ser­va­tive MSP for Loth­ian

West Lothian Courier - - Christmas 2018 -

At Christ­mas it is a good time to look back and pay trib­ute to all the peo­ple who work so hard and do such a good job in our pub­lic ser­vices, schools, hos­pi­tals, GP prac­tices, trans­port ser­vices, nurs­eries, so­cial care, po­lice force, armed forces and emer­gency ser­vices.

In West Loth­ian, there are many ex­cel­lent char­i­ties and I would also like to thank ev­ery­one who vol­un­teers their time and en­ergy to be­friend­ing, vet­eran, home­less­ness, chil­dren, health and el­derly char­i­ties and the Sa­mar­i­tans.

This year hun­dreds of fam­i­lies have had to travel back and forth to the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Ed­in­burgh, due to St John’s chil­dren’s ward be­ing closed to out of hours ser­vices.

I will con­tinue to cam­paign for the chil­dren’s ward to be open to out of hours pa­tients and hope­fully it will be re­opened in the New Year.

The main mes­sage I would give this Christ­mas pe­riod is to look out for those who might be iso­lated this Christ­mas.

Whilst many of us will be spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, not ev­ery­one is so for­tu­nate.

Many peo­ple across West Loth­ian suf­fer from so­cial iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness and this can be­come par­tic­u­larly felt at this time of year.

I en­cour­age ev­ery­one read­ing this mes­sage to think about what they can do to help, whether it is a vis­it­ing an el­derly friend, call­ing in on an older neigh­bour who lives alone or invit­ing an older per­son round for a cof­fee or meal over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

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