There is a Waid Academy consultation meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:45 (doors open 6:15) to learn more about the proposed loss of late-night emergency medical coverage at St. Andrews Hospital.
PLEASE ATTEND — A STRONG SHOW OF SUPPORT BY EVERYBODY IN THE NORTH EAST FIFE COMMUNITY AGAINST THIS CHANGE IS NEEDED.
The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership want to close the Primary Care Emergency Service (GP out of hours) run from St. Andrews Hospital. They propose to move the service to Kirkcaldy, which is a sizeable distance away from the current hospital when a child is sick, somebody is having trouble breathing, or a pregnant woman is having unexpected stomach pains.
Local GPs say that the proposed new service represents an unacceptable loss of local service that will threaten patient safety and impact most profoundly on our elderly patients and on families with children. North East Fife has the highest percentage of elderly residents (those over 85) in all of Fife, and patients of all ages in this area will be the most significantly affected by these proposed changes. In addition, our community hospitals and palliative care units will be left without local medical cover during the out of hours period.
These consultation meetings held throughout Fife are to present information on: Community Health & Wellbeing Hubs, Out of Hours Urgent Care Redesign, and Community Hospital and Intermediate Care Bed Redesign. For more information visit: www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org/joiningupcare
Petitions for signing have been distributed at local shops, GP surgeries and other locations — please make sure you add your name and sign a petition. Or, go online to sign up here, and pass along link to others: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-gp-out-of-hours-services-in-st.andrews