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Creating Healthy Communities

Come along to one of our seven local roadshow to find out more about the benefits of Health & Social Care Integration and how you can get involved.

Michael Kellet, Director of Health & Social Care, will kick off the events discussing why it’s important we create healthier communities together.

Events are open to:

  • • Users of health and social care services and carers
  • • Health and social care professionals/practitioners
  • • Representatives of the housing sector
  • • Voluntary and independent sector providers of health and social care services
  • • Anyone interested in helping develop future health and social care services in your area

Tuesday 21st March • 1.30pm – 3pm
Rothes Halls, Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes,

Wednesday 22nd March • 1pm – 2.30pm
Crossgates Community Centre, Inverkeithing Road, Cowdenbeath

Tuesday 18th April • 10am – 11.30am
Buckhaven Community Centre, Kinnear Street, Levenmouth

Wednesday 26th April • 10am – 11.30am
Inverkeithing Civic Centre, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing

Tuesday 2nd May • 1.30pm – 3pm 
Dell Farquharson Community Centre, Nethertown Broad Street, Dunfermline

Monday 8th May • 1.30pm – 3pm
New Howe of Fife Rugby Club, Duffus Park, Cupar (behind swimming pool)

Monday 15th May • 1.30pm – 3pm,
Town House, 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy

For more information contact:

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Fifers asked to help reduce medicine waste

NHS Fife is appealing to locals to play their role in reducing medicines waste, which totals around £2million every year.

Everyone comes into contact with NHS services at some point; whether that is through our regular dental check-up, an appointment with our GP or a visit from our family Health Visitor. It is easy to take for granted that we can access the wide variety of healthcare services free at the point of need.

Providing such services requires considerable resources and it is crucial that this resource is spent as wisely as possible to offer the maximum benefit to the people of Fife. NHS Fife, now part of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership, has launched a ‘Love Your NHS Fife’ campaign, which reminds people of the valuable work it does and asks Fife’s residents to play their part making healthcare services in the Kingdom as efficient and effective as possible.

NHS Fife Medical Director, Dr Frances Elliot, says:

“We can all do our bit. We all love and value our NHS and we all have a responsibility ensure its resources are being used in the most efficient way possible.  Medicines worth £2million are wasted each year in Fife – money that could be better spent improving the services we provide for patients”.

There are a whole host of positive or unavoidable reasons why some medicines go to waste: A health condition improves and the medicine is no longer required or a prescription is changed because the original medication is not working well enough. However people who have repeat prescriptions may sometimes find they have more than they need and this is where they can help reduce waste.

Dr. Elliot adds

“There are simple things people can do to help. People tend to get their prescriptions in bulk over Christmas, afraid that their pharmacy will be closed over the festive season. However, if  they order too much of something they use relatively infrequently the chances of this going out of date and having to be disposed of increases. So we are asking people to request medicines only in quantities that they will use. There is no need to stockpile”.

People are also asked to check their medicines before they leave a pharmacy to ensure the bag they are handed contains the correct medicines and only those they need. Dr. Elliot explains “ Many people are under the misconception that returned or unwanted medicines can be reused, but returned medicines must be incinerated on the grounds of safety. Once medicines leave the pharmacy premises those medicine cannot be reused even if they are returned unopened”.

Whilst prescriptions are free to patients, the medicines prescribed are not and the associated costs of these medicines have risen very significantly over recent years.

“That’s why we are asking Fife’s residents to help NHS Fife and the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership by using medicines wisely and to #LoveYourNHSFife”.

Watch the information video here.