Mum’s fury after wasted 100-mile journey to clinic

Rebecca, Jaqui and David Lumsden
Rebecca, Jaqui and David Lumsden

A family who moved to Tayport to be closer to Ninewells Hospital have expressed their shock at being told they’ll now have to go to Dunfermline.

Last week we reported how health bosses were being urged to reverse a decision to deny people in the north of Fife access to the pain clinic at Ninewells.

Pensioner Rod Stewart, of Newport, raised the issue with his councillor Tim Brett after being told he’d have to make a round trip of almost 100 miles to Dunfermline – an ordeal that was too much for him.

Now Tayport mum Jacqui Lumsden has told us that her daughter Rebecca (18), who suffers from chronic pain after a bout of shingles four years ago, had also been told she could no longer attend Ninewells despite all her records being there.

To make matters worse, last week Jacqui and Rebecca made the long journey to Dunfermline only to be told the pain clinic had been cancelled that day.

“We moved to Tayport from Cupar so we’d be closer to Ninewells,” said Jacqui.

“But out of the blue we got a letter from NHS Fife to say we could no longer go there.

“Rebecca doesn’t drive and my husband David is registered disabled. As I’m his full-time carer, I have to organise someone to look after him, which was manageable when we just had to go across to Dundee. Now it’s a nightmare.

“Last Wednesday when we got to Dunfermline to find the clinic had been cancelled I was furious to say the least.

“We have been told we will be sent another appointment in the post which means another 100-mile round trip.”

Dr Frances Elliot, NHS Fife Medical Director said: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the patient for the cancellation of the pain clinic. Every effort was made to contact the patient to inform them of the cancellation. Unfortunately, we were unable to tell them.

“We are aware of the situation with the pain clinic services and we are in discussion with NHS Tayside management at a senior level.”