Patient Information Leaflet






G81 1BS

TELEPHONE 0141 531 6425

Physiotherapy , Activities, Smoking , Diet and Healthy Living, Chronic Pain,Sexual Health,  Pregnancy Support, Sensory Impairment, Disabilities, Cancer Support


Physiotherapy in the Health Centre is available by completing the self referral forms available to download here. If you are unable to download the form contact the physio reception at Clydebank Health Centre on 0141-531-6324 and they will post one out. Once completed they can be posted to Physio. Reception, Clydebank Health Centre, Kilbowie Road, Clydebank. G81 2TQ. Please take time to give as much clear detail in the form about your main condition. The usual waiting list is currently 12 weeks (Dec 2021) (2 weeks for a new walking aid) but more urgent cases are picked up from the details on the form and seen sooner.  Information on where you are in the queue can be gained at the central admin office at 0141 347 8909.

Meantime  please check out their excellent website for information on how you can help yourself with videos and diagrams of useful exercise that you can do to help the problem.

NHS Inform Physiotherapy Website

 or this site has good information also if you can't find what you need there

Chartered Society of Physios

with exercise advice diagrams for Back pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Foot pain, Knee pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, &Tennis elbow at:

Also maybe consider self referral to the Vitality Classes at the New Clydebank Leisure Centre. (see details below)

Vitality Classes at the new Leisure Centre Clydebank

Vitality is a programme of exercise classes that will support you to exercise at a level suitable to your ability. Classes are designed to help build and maintain strength, co ordination, endurance and flexibility. Vitality classes are suitable for individuals with medical conditions including: stroke, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and are designed to support individuals to make daily life and activities more manageable.

Classes are available in four levels:

Level 1 : Strength and balance ( chair based,attend  with or without  mobility aids)

Level 2 : Strength and Balance Circuit (mixed ability- attend with or without mobility aids)

Level 3 : Step in Circuit (independent mobility required)

Level 4 : Step Up Circuit (independent mobility required)

All Vitality classes are led by highly trained and experienced instructors, and are designed to be adapted to suit any participant. There is a cost of £2.70 per class.If you are interested in attending vitality class or would like more information please contact your local instructor on t 0141 951 4321 You can find out what level is best for you- you may wish to go along and observe the class first.


  If you want to become more active but feel you could do with support or advice, or  have been advised to take more exercise but dont know where to start,contact your GP, nurse or physiotherapist for a referral.

 The scheme offers 12 months of support,encouragement, opportunities to try different activities at your own pace, follow up support. For more information Tel Diane Harkins, Clydebank Leisure Centre, 0141 951 4646 or  see the website:

Managing Pain

Chronic Pain ( more than 12 weeks)

If you are concerned about pain that has lasted more than 12 weeks or is recurrent, make an appointment with your GP who will refer you to Joan, our pharmacist and Pain Specialist for an initial 30 minute review of pain management, medications and lifestyle.

Pain Education Session

Pain Education Sessions - For anyone who has long term pain (more than 12 weeks). The sessions give better understanding of pain and how to cope with your pain condition better, understand your medication, reduce stress, improve sleep and manage flare-ups. If interested call Pain Concern 0300323 9966 or text 07548229958 for a call back or email and visit

Living with chronic pain This short leaflet explaining pain and its effects, includes tips on how to manage pain and also links to websites for further information on the management of pain and also stepping stones for welling being and stress management. Click on the link below to see the leaflet

Living With Chronic Pain  is a website used by clinicians and patients and has good information on self management of pain including information on understanding pain, a guide to self management and practical guidance on realistic activity and exercise, flare-ups, goal setting, sleep.

You could also try these Youtube Brainman short videos discussing chronic pain and its management. Click on the links below.


Understanding Pain in less than 5 mins:

Understanding Pain, Brainman chooses:

Understanding Pain, Brainman stops his Opioids :

Pain Association Scotland Lots of sound advice on living well with your pain from a major Scottish Pain Charity

Pain Concern UK Lots of information and support for chronic pain sufferers- including a form and a helpline- from one of the Uk's leading charities. Helpline 0300 123 0789 Every Monday,Thursday and Friday 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

Stress management for Pain 

Living with pain can be stressful and likewise stress can make pain seem worse.

Advice and information on stress management service in West Dunbartonshire

 Also  try the website Glasgow Wellbeing Excellent web based and free site for self -help with a number of symptoms with many helpful downloads including information booklets, videos and relaxation tapes .Tel:0141 232 2555 (Courses also available if you live in South Glasgow )

Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Helpful information for patients who suffer from physical symptoms that have not found a cause despite investigation.

Arthritis Information and support:

Arthritis Care UK

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Information, Support, self management. Helpline: 0800 298 7650 website

Health Walks -  WDCVs run a variety of regular weekly Health Walks across West Dunbartonshire

Alexandria, Christie Park – Mondays at 9.45 am

Old Kilpatrick to Bowling – Mondays at 10.30 am

Clydebank – Thursdays at 10 am

If you are interested in joining a walk please call us in advance on 0141 941 0886.

Guide to  free local walks in Clydebank

Physical Activity

 Please call  0141 533 7070  or email

Yoga 630-730 on Thursdays

Tai Chi on Fridays 2-3pm, for all ages and can be done in a chair

See also Pilates classes at Centre 81on Tuesdays 930-1030am

 All classes only £2 per class

Join the gym at Centre 81. Friendly and not overcrowded.

Gym and Circuit Training, Core Stability classes

 Gowsers Soccercise 8-9pm Fridays- ( a basic level of fitness is required for this class) Interval training and exercises based around football- run by ex footballers

at Centre 81  2-16 Braes Avenue Whitecrook Clydebank G81 1DP 0141 533 7070.

FREE Bikes  for kids and adults at Centre 81  Free bikes, maintenance workshops, bike swaps, and may be able to  give you a secondhand bike and setup ( subject to availability- and if you can prove this will reduce your carbon footprint- easy! )0141 553 7070. There may be a waiting list.


New!! Centre 81 Growing Space

Raised beds are available - get in touch if interested. Grow some veg or herbs.Don't worry if you've no experience,the friendly expert gardener will deliver environmental workshops you can learn the skills you need.Allotments available FREE! Come and give it a try- no commitment needed.

Call Centre 81 for more information on 0141 533 7070

Social Gardening  in Dalmuir Learn how to sow and grow veg, compost green and food waste, "social cooking" or just come along for a cuppa and a warm welcome.Wednesdays from 1-3pm at Beardmore Community Garden, Beardmore Place Dalmuir. Contact by email : info@  or their  facebook page  for upcoming events


Podiatry/Chiropody For direct access self referral NHS podiatry services please call  0141 347 8909. Please note that they now say that the do not do any "personal footcare" which means they no longer clip nails and tend to hard skin problems. This is their website explaining with some advice on managing your own footcare.

However there is also an organisation called Footcare that has trained volunteers staffing a foot clinic to help with toenail trimming and hard skin removal and basic footcare. It is in the Arcadia Business Centre, Miller Lane, Clydebank G81 1UJ. Spaces are limited so book via 0141 280 0129 and it is open Mon-Fri 10am-3.30pm. It operates free of charge but they ask users to leave a small donation to cover materials and equipment.Note: Volunteers are wanted for this fantastic service- training is provided which leads to a certificate. Call the same number 0141 280 0129

See Also:

Stop Smoking

Pharmacy Stop Smoking Service where you can drop into a local pharmacy and discuss NRT and weekly support.

Quit Your Way service including support from professionals and weekly appointments and free prescriptions for cravings. Call 0800 916 8858 or drop in to clinics locally Monday 9-11am Clydebank Health Centre Black Suite Wednesday 10am-12 Boots Clydebank Shopping Centre or 5-7pm Clydebank Health Centre Black suite.

Smoke Free Pregnancy Services providing specialised support for smoking mums to be.  Tel: 0141 201 2335

Quit Your Way Scotland helpline provides free support and information packs and advice on local services. Midday to Midnight free on 0800 84 84 84

West Dunbartonshire Stop Smoking Service

 Clydebank One to One support : Monday 9am-11am , or Wed 5-6 pm at Clydebank Health Centre

Clydebank Support Group:6-7 pm at Clydebank Health centre

 Free weekly one to one or support group, other times and locations available.

Text QUIT to  83123  (texts are free)

Phone 01389 776990



My Diabetes My Way  is an interactive website  to support people with diabetes and their families.Videos, leaflets, educational tolls and games with information on diabetes. Information on diabetes for people newly diagnosed, lifestyle,  glucose management,complications, and much more. You can also use this website to view your own up to datediabetes clinic results and manage your condition more effectively.

Includes information for non English speakers .

Diet and Nutrition 

NEW - NHS 12 week online easy and free weight loss and healthy eating planner

Greater Glasgow NHS weight management programme, weight loss plan, information and advice

Website information on healthy eating

Hints for eating well

Weight Loss for young People (age 12-18)

Weigh to Go is for young people in the Health Board area who are overweight (BMI above 25). You get support from a specialist nurse and Slimming World to support healthy weight loss and support with physical activity. More details at the website or call 0141 451 2727

NEW Childhood Obesity Service- Weigh To Go Families

Now available as of February 2019 for children across West Dunbartonshire  aged 5-11 whose BMI calculation is above the "98th  Centile" or who may be considered to be obese.  This can be calculated  using the online BMI calculator: You can be referred by your GP or self refer by telephoning 07966 254 818 or email

This 8 week  programme consists of a one to one session and 8 90 minute sessions, and  is designed to include participation by the parent/guardian as well as the child and other family members.

Children who do not meet this criteria but want to manage weight and healthier lifestyle will be given helpful information on other community programmes promoting healthy eating and exercise.


Midwife Support To make your first midwife appointment call 0141 232 4005 The midwife is a qualified expert who will help you through your pregnancy.

If you are under 16 weeks pregnant and have concerns about the pregnancy please call the EPAS line (Early Pregnancy Assessment Service) at the Maternity hospital at the Queen Elizabeth University hospital direct on 0141 201 2331. You may be asked to leave a message if the line is busy but the midwife will call back and offer a consultation, examination and scans if needed.

 The general number for the Maternity unit is 0141 201 1100.

If you need help urgently such as  heavy bleeding or severe pain then contact your nearest A&E Department.

 If you are not sure about continuing your pregnancy call as soon as possible for sensitive advice and referral for termination if you decide to the Glasgow wide TOPAR Service (Termination of pregnancy and referral) on 0141 211 8620. It is based at the Sandyford Clinic.

 Sexual Health Services: Sandyford Clinic: Contraception, Tests for sexually transmitted infections, well woman clinics including menopause, The Archway Sexual assault service, Counselling, Gender Identity Service.    Ring for an appointment to a one stop telephone number – 0141 211 8130 - between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday - Friday.Outside these times please call NHS 24 on 111 for urgent care.

Some useful websites and numbers

Gingerbread: Help and advice on the issues that matter to lone parents helpline: 0808 802 0925 website:

See also Perinatal Support if you are experiencing mental health issues, anxiety, depression and you are pregnant or have a new baby- look under Parents on the tab Other Support


Endometriosis UK helps them take back control by providing vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis. Helpline 0808 08080 2227

Child Health

Rainbow Baby Clinic - There is a drop in Health Visitor Clinic for Clydebank patients for weigh in's and advice. It runs every Wednesday  1pm 'til 2.30pm in the Orange Wing.

Healthy Living for new Mums: 

Mum and baby class called Rock & Strollers which is delivered at the Meadow Sports Centre, Dumbarton on Tuesdays 11.30am- 12.30pm.

 This class is taught by a fully trained post natal instructor and allows mum  the opportunity to exercise with like minded mums.

Baby must be in pram or buggy as this is used in within the class. No babysitter required :)

For more information contact Pauline Raeside Tel 01389 734094

Stammering Helpline  0808 802 0002 Weekdays 10am to noon 6pm-8pm

We know about stammering because we stammer. We’ll listen, help you find the information you need, talk through options and even help you practise speaking on the phone. Wondering what’snext? Worried about a child who stammers? Talk to us.Free, confidential and anonymous, the helpline offers information and support to people who stammer and those close to them.

 Sensory Impairment 

The Sensory Impairment Team provides advice, support and information to the carers of sensory impaired people and carry out assessments of carers' needs.

Referrals to the team can be made by people with a sensory impairment, by their families or friends, or by other services. Contact with a member of the team can be in a person's own home, in any HSCP Office, or in any other appropriate place. The person who has a sensory impairment can be accompanied by a member of their family or any other representative they may wish to help them to express their needs and opinions. Address: Third Floor, Council Houses , Garshake, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1NT

Tel: 01389 776 499  Email:


Useful websites :

Visual Impairment: RNIB Scotland.  Information , support: Benefits, employment support, Education, SDS, A resource centre, emotional support service, Youth engagement, reading services, courses in coping with loss of vision and more. 

Call RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 from 8am - 8pm weekdays and Saturday from 9am - 1pm.For anyone affected by sight loss. When you call our Helpline, we have a team of helpful experts who will point you to any support or services you need to continue living life to the full.

Also: Need to Talk  service- emotional support  service run by RNIB. Telephone or email counsellingservice, requires an online form for assessment.


Eye Clinic Liaison Officers 

Call the visibility Patient Support Service,Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow.Patient Support Service Room 8, tel 0141 211 6753 (Monday-Friday).Call RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999   email  Very informative on  support and information, benefits, registering as blind, rights.

Hearing Loss

Useful websites:

Hearing Aid Support

Hear to Help in Clydebank  (Hearing Aid Support )Offer Free Drop in sessions and can do: tubing, minor repairs, earmould cleaning and battery replacement, carry out basic maintenance training,provide advice and support,give information on other equipment and services. Tel:0141 341 5330, email , or you can write to Hear to Help Coordinator, 5th Floor, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX see website

Patients can also contact local Gartnavel Hospital audiology Service directly for the following:

  • Lost Hearing Aids
  • Repairs and Batteries
  • New Ear Moulds
  • Counselling for problems with Hearing Aids

If previously fitted with a NHS hearing aid contact Gartnavel Hospital directly on : 0141 211 3054


Information on services for adults with disabilities in West Dunbartonshire :

Information on  Learning Disabilities,Acquired Brain Injury, Sensory Impairment, Speech and Language Therapy, British Sign Language. See web link:

Clydebank Disability Group

Find out whats going on in Clydebank and surrounding areas for people of all ages with disabilities of any kind: learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues.Information on all supports available:  Tel: 07387760254  or 07340633386  or email  Also See their website for local support,information, chatline, open days. or find them on facebook 

Golden Friendship Club at the 543 Club Clydebank

Activities and groups for people with a learning disability, a physical disability or any  additional support needs.Bingo session on Tuesdays 11am-12:15, Boccia Wednesdays 1pm-4pm, Thursday Karaoke 12-4pm 

at Masonic Halls,18 Nairn Pace, G81 4AU

For more information call  : Jim 07957 568330

 also see their facebook page

The Coach House Trust

84 Belmont Lane
G12 8EN

We work with individuals aged 16 or over with mental health issues, addictions, and or learning disabilities. We cover the whole of Glasgow. We offer gardening, computing, music, art, healthy eating and nutrition workshops.  Through this we help people recognise and realise their full potential. We support and encourage people to think about their future, whether that’s working towards entering employment, education or voluntary work.

Phone us on 0141 334 6888 and arrange an interest visit initially.

see website   or email

Useful Websites

Cancer Care

NEW Local Service - MacMillan Improving The Cancer Journey

Cancer doesn't just affect your physical well being it can affect every aspect of your life, from your emotions to your finances. However often people don't know where to turn for support. That's why West Dunbartonshire Council and Macmillan Cancer Support have launched the Improving Cancer Journey Service. Our Service is here to help people affected by cancer get the support they need, whether its financial, emotional, medical or practical.

Improving the cancer journey is a service available to all cancer patients within the West Dunbartonshire Council area.

How can we help?

Once an individual gets in touch we will arrange for them to meet with a dedicated Macmillan ICJ Officer who will help them complete a Needs Assessment, a tool used to make sure the individual's needs and concerns are identified. The Macmillan ICJ Officer will work with the individual to agree the best kind of support they and their family want, putting in place a personalised care plan. Please use the link below or call Macmillan Admin Support on 0800 980 9070.

MacMillan Cancer Support Team. In addition to the Green Practice GPs and Nurses, MacMillan offer support, information, counselling, massage, benefits advice, carers support. Tel: 01389 608 049 email

MacMillan also hold a drop in Clydebank Library Thursdays 1-4pm, drop in for a brew and a blether. 



Macmillan Drop-in Service




Alexandria Library


10.30am – 12.30pm

Balloch Library


  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Dumbarton Library


11:00am   – 1.00pm

Clydebank Library


10.30am – 12.30pm

Clydebank Library


  1.00pm – 4.00pm

Maggie's Centre Gartnavel General Hospital,1053 Great Western Road Glasgow G12 0YN. Drop into Maggie’s for practical, emotional and social support from our professional staff at any time from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Courses, meetings, groups one to one support on any aspect of cancer to  before and after treatment, managing stress, returning to work for people affected by cancer and their families. Tel: 0141 357 2269 or email

Cancer Support Scotland at the Calman Centre Talking therapies, complementary therapies, support groups at Gartnavel Hospital. Video talking therapies for those unable to attend in person. A peaceful sanctuary, info and advice on services. Free WIFI and a colourful garden  to relax in. Tel 0141 337 8199: FREEPHONE 0800652 4531: email  See the website

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice offer support and information, many services to patients and families of someone with a life limiting or life shortening condition  For information call 0141 529 5599    and website

 They also have a service for children and young people The Butterfly Service   or call same number 0141 429 5599 

24 hour helpline number  0141 420 6785 

 Also see  CHAS Childrens Hospices across Scotland offer specialist care, palliative,support for families, respite care, emotional support and bereavement support,services for anyone in Scotland. You will find Robin House and Rachel House offering a home from home for families, with play areas,art room, hydropool, garden.0131 444 1900 email

 Other information and support

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a service to help you find help and support close to you when you need it most. Being a year old it is not a comprehensive resource for Clydebank but worth a postcode search as it should improve with time.

ERIC The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity with help and support for advice from potty training to serious bowel and bladder conditions and coping with incontinence. free helpline on 0808 169 9949

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