Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Addictions Service is working hard to ensure over 1800 patients continue to receive care and support.

Working with colleagues from Third Sector agencies, allied health professionals and addiction recovery support groups they are reaching out to patients to provide the best service possible at this difficult time.

Lynn Barker Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Associate Director of Nursing said:

“We are very grateful for the support from Third Sector agencies and addiction recovery support groups during this crisis. The Addictions Service has been coordinating activities to meet the challenge of the Coronavirus outbreak. Employees from Third Sector agencies and allied health professionals have been delivering Naloxone kits and prescriptions to pharmacies across Fife and to patients who are self- isolating or being shielded.  For patients in recovery, support groups are providing vital services through online forums.

The Addictions service contacted every patient by telephone and letter to let them know about the changes to the services. Opiate dependent patients have been issued with individual Naloxone kits, which might save their life if they have an overdose. Nursing teams are available by telephone to assess needs, review treatment and provide advice and support.”

Angela Swift Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Clinical Services Manager said: “Everyone from the alcohol and drug partnership Fife (ADP) is working together and using technology to support patients on their continuing goal of recovery.  Virtual peer support recovery meetings are being provided by the Fife intensive rehabilitation substance misuse team and DAPL (Drug, Alcohol Psychotherapies Limited). They are proving to be crucial and one-to-one support is offered by telephone. Feedback from patients is very positive; they are saying:

  • “Certainly, lifts my spirits! I would be a mess without peer support
  • “Peer support is a godsend!”
  •  “If it wasn’t for others in the group giving me good ideas on occupying my time I would be in a state!”
  •  “Was amazing seeing everyone’s face in today’s meeting, this really helps.” 
  • “Good support received on the session today thank you.”
  • “Great to see everyone, I really enjoyed the woman’s video chat tonight, so much strength from women.”