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Joining Up Care Consultation Workshops

Come along to one of our local consultation workshops to find out more about how Health and Social Care services could be improved for you and the communities of Fife.

The focus of the workshops will be:

  • Community Health & Wellbeing Hubs
  • Out of Hours Urgent Care Redesign
  • Community Hospital and Intermediate Care Bed Redesign

 

  • Tuesday 21st August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    City Chambers, Dunfermline
  • Thursday 23rd August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Fife Voluntary Action, East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy
  • Tuesday 28th August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    CISWO, South Street, Glenrothes
  • Thursday 30th August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Inverkeithing High School, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing
  • Tuesday 4th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    County Buildings, St Catherine Street, Cupar
  • Wednesday 5th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    City Chambers, Dunfermline
  • Tuesday 11th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    County Buildings, St Catherine Street, Cupar
  • Wednesday 12th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    Fife House, North St, Glenrothes
  • Thursday 13th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Inzievar Primary School, Station Rd, Oakley
  • Tuesday 18th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    The Centre, 1 Broomieknowe, Leven
  • Thursday 20th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Waid Community Campus, Anstruther
  • Monday 24th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm 
    Assembly Rooms, Madras College, St Andrews
  • Tuesday 25th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Lochgelly Centre

*Doors will open 30 minutes before event starts. Please note that these events will be covered by the media. Photography and filming may take place throughout the event and used for publicity and promotional reasons (e.g. social media, internet, in print, TV etc).

Click here to find out more about Joining Up Care in Fife

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Improving Lung Cancer Care

An innovative approach to supporting patients in Fife with incurable lung cancer is providing comprehensive and individualised care whilst allowing patients to spend significantly less time in hospital and more time at home.

The project, which was developed in partnership with NHS Fife, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland, has proved so successful that this new model of care for people with advanced lung cancer is now part of normal practice.

In Fife around 40% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer are unfit to receive anti-cancer treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, either because they are too unwell or treatment is no longer working and may reduce quality of life.

These patients receive what is known as Best Supportive Care – where the focus is on supporting patients and their families when anti-cancer treatment is not possible.

A reliable and consistent model of Best Supportive Care was developed, one which could be delivered to all patients who needed it.

As a result, patients with advanced lung cancer are identified at the earliest stage and referred for comprehensive assessment and personalised care planning.

Assessments are carried out promptly at home, in an outpatient clinic or within hospital, depending on patient need and preference, with families and carers given the opportunity to discuss the illness in more detail. Physical symptoms, emotional, spiritual and practical needs are assessed and plans are made to address anything of concern, from medication issues to issues around financial support.

Follow-up is based wherever the patient is, normally within their own home, and patients are able to access ongoing support and advice – giving them as much control and choice as possible.

The service has been positively received by patients and their families who have said that they feel well informed and actively involved in their care planning.

Dr Steinunn Boyce, Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine, said: “We set out to improve patient care and patient experience, not only for the patient but for their families and the important people around them who are also affected by the diagnosis.

“Being in hospital is sometimes unavoidable and it’s sometimes the right place to be, but through this project we have been able to reduce the length of time that people spend in hospital – making sure that we are addressing their needs and supporting them so that they can be at home.”

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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.