Local Hero Awards
Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation sponsored the Health Champion Award at the 2015 Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero Awards held on Friday 5th June. Winners included Professor Mike Dixon, Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, for the Health Champion category and and the SafeZone Edinburgh service won the 999 Hero Award.
SafeZone Edinburgh offers an alternative care pathway to vulnerable individuals who might otherwise find themselves heading to A&E in an ambulance, or spending a night in custody. To help keep the SafeZone Edinburgh service on the road during the critical Christmas and Hogmanay period in 2014 following a successful pilot, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation provided a £20,000 crisis grant in December 2014 and the service has now been successful in receiving longer term funding from the public sector and statutory bodies.