Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is to run the first pilot project to monitor the Scottish COVID-19 Programme. The programme is being run by Health Protection Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish
Government and will monitor the COVID-19 infection in the Scottish population over the next few months.
The data gathered will be used for scientific modelling, political decision-making and social interventions that will help maintain the functions of the NHS.
Dr Helen Hellewell, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Associate Medical Director said: “We are delighted to have been asked to run the first pilot project in Scotland. The information we gather will allow us to continually review and plan our Covid response as we progress though the Coronavirus outbreak. Here in Fife we have successfully established a Covid-19 community triage hub in Glenrothes and an assessment centre at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. They have been running for four weeks and the new monitoring process will look at the number of people who have mild or moderate symptoms of the COVID-19 infection. It is important work that will help us eventually overcome the pandemic in Scotland.”
Podiatrists from Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have stepped in quickly to treat patients who would normally be cared for by district nurses. They are providing treatment for more than 100 patients in the community who are house bound and require dressings for wounds.
The Podiatry service has put all non-critical podiatry care on hold so that podiatrists can use their expertise to treat patients and enable nursing colleagues to provide other critical care.
Lynn Barker, Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership’s Associate Director of Nursing said: “I’m immensely proud of the collaboration between the Podiatry and Community Nursing services. They are an outstanding example of the positive way staff across the Health and Social Care Partnership are responding during this challenging time. The action taken by podiatry staff who have willingly taken on this new challenge to support patients, can’t be praised highly enough. It’s wonderful to see everyone pulling together in these difficult times. “
Allison Somerville, Community Diabetes Podiatrist said: “I’m glad we’re able to use our expertise to contribute to the care of this most vulnerable patient group and to support our community nursing colleagues. As a service we’re continuing to provide urgent treatments for our most high-risk patients and we’re aware that we might be the only contact many vulnerable people have at this time.”
Photo caption: Alison Somerville ‘selfie’ while at work
Fife Health & Social Care Partnership is asking unpaid carers to create a plan to help prevent an emergency from becoming a crisis during this challenging time.
Unpaid carers play a crucial role helping the most vulnerable people in our communities. Many will face difficulties providing their normal levels of care and support if they become unwell or self-isolating. An emergency plan provides vital insights for others coming in to help and describes the caring situation and the relationships that make it work. Providing this information will ensure the person they are caring for receives the care they are used to.
David Heaney, Fife Health and Social Partnership Divisional General Manager said: “We have developed a toolkit for carers to create their own emergency plan – go to – www.bit.ly/careremergencyplan.
Once you have written your emergency plan, it is important that you share it with others in your caring circle. It’s also a good idea to put a copy of the plan somewhere obvious – in a letter rack or pinned to a kitchen notice board. We recommend that you put a copy in your own home and in the home of the person you care for.
In addition, we have teamed up with Carers UK to offer carers in Fife access to a new app called ‘Jointly’. It makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination simpler between those who are sharing the care. Download the app from www.carersuk.org/search/jointly-app and register with the free access code DGTL6234.”
He added: “We are working closely with our partner organisations to continue providing as much support, help and advice as possible during this time. For more information on our partners including contact details and links to their websites go to www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org/carers/.”
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