East Lothian Council libraries are now offering an NHS hearing aid battery replacement service.
People with NHS hearing aids can take their yellow audiology record book to any library and they will be issued with two free packs of batteries per hearing aid.
Library staff are not able to fit the batteries, but, if people need help, staff can direct them to someone who can fit them.
People are also welcome to bring in their old batteries to be recycled.
Councillor Tim Day, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for community wellbeing, said: “I think it will come as welcome news to many, who will no longer need to make the long trip into Edinburgh for their batteries. It’s very gratifying that we are able to work with our partners in health to supply this service to people with hearing impairments.”
Dr David Farquharson, medical director at NHS Lothian, said: “We are keen to make services for patients as simple and easy to access as possible and this new scheme is a great example of that. By working with our partners in other organisations, it also means that patients have a choice about where they go to access services.”