Out of Hours contingency measures to continue

Contingency measures for the overnight Primary Care Emergency Services (PCES) in Fife are to continue for a further six months.

Current arrangements in place:
From 6pm to midnight (Monday to Friday) and 8am to midnight (weekends and public holidays) PCES will continue to be delivered as normal from:

  • Queen Margaret Community Hospital, Dunfermline
  • Glenrothes Community Hospital, Glenrothes
  • St Andrews Community Hospital
  • Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

There will continue to be no changes to the operation of the Minor Injuries Unit at Queen Margaret Hospital.

The contingency measures apply between midnight to 8am, where Primary Care Emergency Services (also known as GP Out of Hours) will be only be available at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. The contingency measures were put in place on 9 April 2018 and this will remain in place until the end of August 2019 when a further update will be provided.

This decision has been taken as a result of on-going nursing and medical staffing difficulties and has been taken to ensure patient safety.

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Our patients are our main priority, keeping them safe and providing a quality service. To ensure this happens we need to extend contingency measures for out of hours care for a further six months. Staff shortages continues to be the biggest challenge.”

Michael continued:  “Fife like many other areas across the UK is experiencing the impact of national shortages of key staff in this area. Recruitment of GPs and nursing staff remains a focus for us and feedback from the recent Joining Up Care consultation will help to inform how we move this forward. We will continually review performance over the next six months and provide an update at the end of July.”

Seen Something? Say Something

If you think an adult’s being harmed, get it checked out. It’s right to act on your instinct.

Fifers are being urged to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of, says Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC). The ASPC is supporting National Adult Protection Day on 20 February 2019, designed to raise awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and encourages people to act on their gut feeling when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know. Harm and abuse takes many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are signs and clues that indicate something’s happening.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “People often have an instinctive feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right. By acting on this, and calling Fife Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200 the person at risk could get support and become safe from harm.
We know sometimes people don’t want to get involved, for fear of being seen to intrude on other’s privacy or that they might be wrong about the situation. But it is vital to raise your concerns. And it is safe to do – you don’t need to provide your personal details; the Social Work Service will check the situation sensitively, and support will be given, if needed.
“Harm and abuse can affect anybody, but adults who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves may be at greater risk due to their personal circumstances, or because of a physical or learning disability, illness or infirmity. We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities.
“The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm and something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something. For more information, visit fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection or follow our stories about how adult protection intervention has had a positive outcome, on the Fife Council Facebook page.

Fife participation in See Me’s Time to Talk Day

Today is Time to Talk day, which is being led in Scotland by See Me, the programme to end mental health discrimination, aims to get people all over the UK starting meaningful conversations on mental health. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are working to provide help and advice on mental health issues in a number of ways.

Fife is one of the national pilot areas for Health & Work Support which provides specialist support for people experiencing mental health problems in the workplace. Health and Work Support is a single point of contact for people who live and work in Fife. It allows people with a health issue or a disability who are struggling to stay at work or recently unemployed, to get fast access to support. Employers have an important role to play and the service can help with policies and procedures, mental health training for managers and other workers, and provide lots of resources and information. Everything is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. To find our more contact the Health and Work Support Service on 0800 019 2211 or visit www.healthandworksupport.scot.

Calum Irving, See Me director, said: “Less than half of us feel comfortable speaking about our mental health, especially when we’re struggling. The fear of being judged, or even discriminated against in work, at school, or when asking for help, stops people reaching out.
“But conversations have the power to change lives, however they take place, whether face to face, over the phone, or on social media using #TimeToTalk.”
Time to Talk Day is UK-wide, with Time to Change in England partnering with See Me in Scotland, Change Your Mind Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.

Malcolm Joss is an Fife Health & Social Care occupational therapist and Case Manager who conducts workplace assessments added: “Health and Work Support is a free and confidential service for people living and/or working in Fife. We support people at work who are struggling with their physical or mental health. We complete a full holistic assessment and together with the client, identify a plan which may include referral to physiotherapy or psychological therapies. We can also offer workplace assessments and plans to help the employee remain at work without having to take time off.

Listen out for Health and Work Support information on Kingdom FM radio all this week.

To make it easier for adults in Fife to obtain psychological help for common emotional problems a new website has recently been launched, Access Therapies Fife https://www.accesstherapiesfife.scot.nhs.uk/.

Health and Social Care partners in Fife are also coming together to develop a shared Work and Wellbeing Strategy and emphasise the important need to Just Ask and Just Talk.