Winter time is always challenging for front line health and social care teams and the last few weeks have been busier than ever. Health and social care teams have made a phenomenal effort over the festive period and continue to do so in the coming weeks of winter.
Michael Kellet, Director of Health and Social Care stated: “I visited both Queen Margaret Hospital and Glenrothes Hospital to speak to colleagues who have been working over the festive period including physiotherapists, in-patient wards, ICASS, hospital at home, hospital social work teams and many more, all of whom have gone above and beyond in the face of increased demand to keep people safe. This also includes our partners in the third and independent sector across our care homes and home care services who were very responsive to the demand, at very short notice. Thank you to all staff involved and to the public for their patience during this time.”
It is important to thank members of the public for the role they continue to play in supporting colleagues in NHS Fife by utilising alternative options to A&E, where appropriate. The advice remains the same as always – A&E does not stand for Anything and Everything. If a condition is very serious, or potentially life threatening, then A&E provides the best available care. However, if a condition is less serious then there are a range of services available such as Minor Injuries Units, NHS 24 or local pharmacies. If advice is needed on which service to use, visit www.nhsfife.org/knowwhototurnto or speak to your local pharmacist.
If you need social care support:
- call 03451 55 15 03
- visit fifedirect.org.uk/socialcare.
- The ‘Helping older people and people with a disability in winter’leaflet provides advice and tips on how to take care of yourself and others. It includes vital contact details for various services and organisations, as well as frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).