Glenrothes Hospital, where the out of hours unit is based.
Glenrothes Hospital, where the out of hours unit is based.

Community groups are backing the call by politicians to save the closure-threatened out-of-hours GP service at Glenrothes Hospital.

Members of the North Glenrothes community council (NGCC) have called on as many authorities and individuals as possible to support the campaign begun by MSP Tricia Marwick and MP Lindsay Roy to save the service.

The move follows a meeting of NGCC members with Fife Health boss Susan Manion last week to discuss the proposals to close the primary care emergency service (PCES) forcing people to travel to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital in the evenings and weekends.

Chairman Ron Page told the Gazette: “As well as opposing the the loss of the out-of-hours service, community councillors will be seeking the introduction of a new minor injuries unit for the Glenrothes Hospital.

He added: “ Our members have noted that the St Andrews hospital had a Minor Injuries Unit for around 12,000 people.

‘‘We think that a local population served by Glenrothes Hospital of 65,000 deserve this too.

“In fact it would boost the status and sevice of the hospital.”

Although a number of public consultations are still to take place, and a final decision is yet to be made, the voice of public anger in and around Glenrothes is growing ever louder.

Markinch, Leslie and Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie community leaders have all expressed concerns over the plans.

Furthermore the Gazette understands that community councils in Kennoway and Ladybank as well as the Glenrothes Area Futures Group are also set to back the ‘no closure’ campaign.

John Wincott of the Leslie CC said they had ‘very grave concerns’ over the plans and said they had invited NHS bosses to explain the proposals at their next meeting.

Peter Scobie, chairman of the Pitteuchar CC also said there had been ‘widespread shock’ amongst his members.

He added: “After hearing the proposals we wholeheartedly back the call to keep the service in Glenrothes. It is vital tha that a town as big as this has its own out-of-hours service and we will fight the closure.”
 The proposal’s expected to be presented the Glenrothes and NE Fife CHP committee on November 7.