From Monday 4 November, urgent primary services will be accessible and extended to all residents of St Andrews.
This struggle has been ongoing in St Andrews since the service was removed in April 2018, as well as in other towns around Fife, becoming centralised in Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.
By 30 August 2018, a petition was launched by Mr Rennie to reverse this decision, and it has since been highly supported by the community, receiving over 3,000 signatures in under a couple of weeks of its release date.
In a Facebook post on Sunday 3 November, Mr Rennie stated that “a clinician will physically be based at [the community hospital] from 6pm-10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 10pm on a Saturday and 9am to 9pm on a Sunday,” and that a mobile car will also be available to bring and take as many people as those who require “a treatment centre appointment.” He mentions calling the number the number 111 in case there is a need to contact the centre itself for advice.
In an official comment from Mr Rennie, he adds, “GP out of hours services will return to St Andrews Hospital thanks to the thousands of people who stood up and spoke out against the closure over the last 18 months.”
Thankful to the community that has made this possible, he calls for close monitoring to ensure that the service works for the community adequately.
Ultimately, he is “delighted that we won the day” and hopes that things develop to the favour of the general population of St Andrews, and to the students of the University as well.