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.”