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NHS Fife - Primary Care Emergency Services Briefing
Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is introducing from Monday 09 April contingency arrangements overnight in the Primary Care Emergency Services (PCES) in response to nursing and medical staffing difficulties.
The safety of every single patient is their number one priority. As with most areas in Scotland, difficulties in recruiting GP and Primary Care medical staff continues to put pressure on service delivery. In Fife, they have been able to maintain cover through daily monitoring and considerable efforts by all staff. Unfortunately, they are currently in a position where they are unable to cover all the overnight shifts, meaning they have had to move to temporary contingency measures to ensure patient safety.
Patient safety is their primary concern and these arrangements have been put in place after much clinical consideration. Taking this step will ensure services are being provided with safe levels of staffing.
The new arrangements will be put in place from 09 April 2018 for the next three months.
From Monday 09 April, 2018, all PCES centres will continue to operate as normal from 6.00pm to midnight (Monday to Friday) and 8.00am to midnight (weekends & public holidays). However, overnight, from midnight to 8am, no PCES services will be delivered at:
• Queen Margaret Community Hospital, Dunfermline
• Glenrothes Community Hospital, Glenrothes
• St Andrews Community Hospital
Overnight (midnight to 8am) PCES services will be available at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy only. The choice of Victoria Hospital has been based on:
• The central location for patients in Fife
• Adjacency to Accident and Emergency
• Adjacency to Specialist Services and Wards for admission
• Single site for all paediatrics
There will be no changes to the operation of the Minor Injuries Unit at Queen Margaret Hospital, which will continue as normal.
Fife Health & Social Care Partnership continues to make every effort to resolve clinical staffing difficulties as quickly as possible.
Members of the PCES Management Team will be in touch with Managers in partner organisations and departments to discuss more fully.