A further £10 million will be allocated to NHS boards to help cope with added pressures over the winter months.
Provided earlier than ever before, the funding, which comes on top of the £9 million already allocated to support unscheduled care all year round, will allow health boards to put robust plans in place quickly.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced the funding during a visit to Fife last week, in which she singled out the local NHS board as an example of best practice at addressing seasonal pressures last year, with progressive and forward-thinking plans for the winter ahead.
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NHS Fife are now in line for a further 6.81 per cent in funding, equating to £639,744.
The investment will support health and social care services to increase weekend discharges where patients are fit to go home.
It will also help boards with staff planning over the festive bank holidays, ensuring both admission and discharge rates can be maintained, with a focus on better use of community pharmacy and more support to direct people to the best service for them.
The funding has been welcomed by Fife MSP Jenny Gilruth, who said: “It’s important that we are well prepared and that’s why the Scottish Government are allocating funding earlier than ever before.”