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Meet with & give your views on NHS to Minister

NHS Fife Annual Review  —  

Come and meet Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health

This is an opportunity to air your views directly with the Minister based on your personal experiences of NHS Fife.  Anyone who has used local NHS Services within the last 6 months is eligible for this meeting.

You will be required to attend both dates:     An information gathering session on Tuesday 20th November 2018 from 11am – 1pm in the Estates and Facilities Meeting Room, Phase 1, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

  • NHS Fife’s Annual Review Meeting with Patients / Carers on Monday 3 December 2018 from 12:30 0 13:30 (venue to be confirmed)
  • If you would like to note your interest in becoming involved in NHS Fife’s Annual Review,  please request  a “Note of Interest” form from Theresa Rodiganby by calling Theresa on telephone number:  01592- 648154 or via email
  • Please note:   The form must be completed and returned back to Theresa by Friday, November 9

Halloween Party for Kids — Help Needed at Event…

A Halloween Party for the wee ghosties and goblins is currently scheduled for October 27 at Erskine Hall.  Help is needed to get this party up and running, with various (small) tasks needing to be taken care of prior to the event, and on the party day itself… IF nobody expresses interest in helping, the party will have to be cancelled. PLEASE volunteer to help organise and run this party for the kids. Please leave your name on the Anstruther.Info, Rebecca Lawson, or Gail Sorley FB pages if you’re available can help out. THANK YOU!!


Raffle Prizes Sought for PSP Coffee Morning

A coffee morning on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Pittenweem Church Hall will raise money to help in the fight against PSP — Progressive Supranuclear Palsy — a progressive neurological condition with debilitating and deadly effects. The fun and food-friendly event begins at 10am, and entry is £2.50.

Elizabeth Birrell has been involved in raising money for the PSP Association since her husband Ian was diagnosed with the condition, and passed away from it on October 7, 2014. Her efforts have been impressive and the support from the East Neuk community heart-warming, as more than £73,000 has been raised in just a few years. Ian, a man known for his humour, his open heart and generous spirit, arranged to donate his spinal column and brain at his death for research purposes — a magnificent bequest enabling researchers to learn even more about the disease.

Prizes for the raffle drawing at the coffee morning are being sought. Hampers, wine, spirits, restaurant / food vouchers, “freebies”, decorative/house/garden items and more are all being sought for the raffle. Please contact Elizabeth at 310451 or email her at if you’d like to make a donation for the raffle.

WHAT IS PSP? and what does it have to do with Dudley Moore?

The PSP Association estimates there are around 4,000 people with PSP living in the UK, but it could be as many as 10,000 due to mis-diagnosis.  Dudley Moore, the well-known UK comedienne and movie star, developed PSP at a time when it was virtually unknown. His symptoms made people think he was drunk all the time as he had trouble with speech, movement, and balance. The truth of this devastating illness eventually came out after his death.

PSP occurs when brain cells in certain parts of the brain are damaged by a build-up of a protein called tau. In people with PSP, it isn’t broken down properly and forms harmful clumps in brain cells. Movement, control of walking (gait) and balance, speech, swallowing, vision, mood and behavior, and thinking are all affected in no particular order as they decline due to the brain’s nerve damage.

There’s no single test for PSP, and currently there is no cure for PSP. Instead, the diagnosis is based on the pattern of symptoms, as the doctor tries to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as Parkinson’s disease. The disease gets progressively worse, with people becoming severely disabled within three to five years of onset. Affected individuals are predisposed to serious complications such as pneumonia, choking, head injury, and fractures. The most common cause of death is pneumonia. With good attention to medical and nutritional needs, individuals with PSP may possibly live a decade or more after the first symptoms of the disease.




Let’s Keep Out-of-Hours Medical Care….

Do your kids NEVER get sick at nights, or weekends, or when you least expect it? Does your asthmatic mother-in-law develop breathing problems ONLY between 8am and 6pm? Does your DIY partner injure themselves and NOT need medical care afterwards? THEN YOU’RE LUCKY!!!

But as we all know, luck runs out. People need medical care at odd hours, late nights, and holiday weekends. If St. Andrews Community Hospital stops providing odd-hours medical care, it means driving — or taking buses — to the Victoria in Kirkcaldy or Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for medical attention. This is what the NHS wants East Fife residents to do once they’ve shut down out-of-hours services at St. Andrews. COME TO THE MEETING ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 AT THE WAID CAMPUS, 6:45 (doors open 6:15) to let the NHS know this is unacceptable!