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To: Fife Health and Social Care Partnership

Keep GP out of hours services in St. Andrews

Thanks to your support the St. Andrews GP out of hours service has been saved.

Last Friday the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Board agreed to the remodelled service for North East Fife.

It will mean that no-one, except a small number of people, will have to travel to Kirkcaldy to receive help with a primary care emergency.

There is still work to be done to ensure smooth implementation which will probably take until Christmas but it is believed that the new flexible arrangement can last.

It will involve slightly reducing the opening hours in the evening, using other health professionals, bringing together the minor injuries with the minor illness service and using the GP in the centre at night to do home visits too.

The campaign was won thanks to you and the thousands of others who signed my petition, sent in a postcard, attended the packed public meetings and so much more. Also thank you to the coordinating group of community councils, the university, students, GPs and others who worked together to find a practical solution.

I will continue to keep you informed of progress. You can find more regular updates at

Willie Rennie
Member of the Scottish Parliament
North East Fife

Reject proposals to close the Primary Care Emergency Services (GP out of hours service) run from St. Andrews Hospital.

Why is this important?

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.
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. As a result of the distance involved in having to travel to Kirkcaldy to access services, North East Fife patients 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.

Please stand up for our local health service by signing this petition.

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North East Fife, Cupar

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Reasons for signing

  • It would be a great pity to lose GP out of hours services in St Andrews. If I am ill I would not like to be travelling the extra miles and hunting around Kircaldy to find the GP out of hours services.
  • Would find it difficult to get to kirkcaldy as I don't drive.
  • Not feasible to travel to Kirkcaldy, if suddenly unwell


2019-06-25 08:37:42 +0100

Petition is successful with 6,107 signatures

2018-09-30 13:22:10 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2018-08-30 07:27:45 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-08-29 20:11:50 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-08-29 13:12:40 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-08-29 11:54:25 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-08-29 11:03:36 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-08-29 10:19:31 +0100

10 signatures reached