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Update from Willie Rennie MSP & Wendy Chamberlin MP


The First Minister has said that hairdressers, building sites and non-essential retail should close.  No-one should make non-essential travel which includes going on holiday to the East Neuk of Fife.

Businesses and organisations have been advised to reduce employees at work, increasing the numbers working from home, maintain strict social distancing arrangements at work and, if that is not possible, to put operations into hibernation. 

I have had reports of people not complying with the social distancing guidance whilst queuing in shops and takeaways.  Also many golfers and walkers are not following the advice.  Please do follow it as it is in your own interest and ours.KEY WORKERS AND CHILDCARE

The council are in the process of planning for the provision of Children’s Activity Centres for the children of keyworkers and for vulnerable children and young people. Exact start dates and opening times will be confirmed as soon as is possible, but they hope to have this sorted by the end of the week.

The designated centres are:

  • Cupar - Castlehill Primary School and Westfield Family Nurture Centre

  • East Neuk - Anstruther Primary School and Anstruther Nursery

  • St Andrews - Greyfriars Primary School and St Andrew’s Nursery

  • Tay Bridge Head - Newport Primary School and Newport Nursery

  • Children and young people in Special Schools and attending Pupil Support Services - Rosslyn Special School

A list of private and third sector nurseries and childminders will be available soon too.

Parents and carers have already received a letter asking for expressions of interest for a childcare place. 

The NHS, council and private employers (through the economic development department of the council) are working out precisely who should be classed as a key worker and they will inform you directly if you are to be designated.

Key workers should still exhaust all alternative and safe childcare arrangements first before they use an activity centre or private/third sector nursery place.NHS FIFE

COVID-19 Assessment Centre – this new service will operate 24/7 from the Diabetes Centre at the Victoria Hospital, through which the majority of patients with possible COVID-19 will be assessed.

Those well enough to return home will be provided with self-care and public health advice, with those requiring immediate intervention taken directly to the Victoria Hospital for inpatient treatment. Call 111 – NHS24 – to access this service.

If you have mild symptoms of Covid 19 you should see advice on but if that does not answer your questions you can call 08000282816. NHS24 (111) is very busy so please use this new number instead.

The Victoria has been divided into two distinct zones to optimise capacity and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Patients confirmed as carrying COVID-19 will be accommodated in the red zone which applies to the emergency department, critical care, infectious diseases and one medical ward. The remaining areas of the hospital are in the green zone which extends to Queen Margaret Hospital.

  • Routine Outpatient and Diagnostic appointments will be postponed from Monday 30 March 2020.

  • Planned operations for routine procedures at the Victoria Hospital are postponed.

  • Emergency surgery, cancer surgery and planned cesarean sections continue as normal. 

  • Procedures at Queen Margaret Hospital are continuing as planned for the time being.

  • The NHS will be in touch directly for all those who will have postponed or cancelled appointments or operations.

Diabetes Service - services currently delivered from the Diabetes Centre at the Victoria Hospital have stopped for now.  A limited service will be offered from the Carnegie Unit at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

Medicines Advice - There is no need to stockpile medicines or request additional prescriptions as there is no shortage. If anyone is experiencing symptoms and needs to stay at home, family members or neighbours should be asked to collect prescriptions on their behalf.  Those whose prescription medicines are usually delivered and are symptomatic, this will not change, however, doorstep procedures may be implemented.

The Minor Ailment Service has been extended to cover everyone who is registered with a local GP. Your pharmacist can give you medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. Accessing this will take pressure off the wider NHS and your GP.SCHOOLS AND COUNCIL SERVICES

Instead offree school mealsbeing provided from your local school, they will now be provided through a direct payment to parents or carers.

No young person should attend school. Schools will make direct contact to advise if there are any outstanding requirements of courses that can be completed remotely, and safely.

All school staff are to work from home unless they need to attend school over the next few days to work on gathering any evidence for SQA, to work on predicted grades or to collect items required for home working. 

Fife Council’s smaller customer service centres are temporarily closed. The Cupar Customer Service Centre (County Buildings) will stay open for now, on an appointment only basis.

Only gas services and emergency housing repairs will be done.

No new housing applications will be processed.

All community use activities are suspended, including youth clubs.

All public bookings at halls and centres are cancelled.

Cupar and Pittenweem Recycling Centres are closed but the council are working to re-open them as soon as possible

ISOLATION NOTES FOR EMPLOYERS - DON'T CALL NHS24 If you have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer you can get an isolation note online. This service is only for people who:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service

  • have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus

  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you have to stay at home because you are in a vulnerable group but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note. Please use this service to take pressure off NHS 24 (111). You can also use this service for someone else.  It is an NHS England site but it works in Scotland too.

BT Skills for Tomorrow

BT Skills for Tomorrow has free resources and MUTUAL AID

Even more community mutual aid groups are being established.  These are the links to their Facebook groups and websites.  Please sign up and offer your support.

St. Andrews Mutual Aid

Cupar Mutual Aid

Balmullo Mutual Aid

Wormit Parish Church

Freuchie Community Council

Boarhills and Dunino

Leuchars Mutal Aid


Tayport Community Council



Tayport Mutual Aid Group

East Neuk Community Emergency Planning Team




Please do let me know whether you are running a group in your community.SUPPORT AND ADVICE

This is an anxious and uncertain time but we wanted you to know that Wendy Chamberlain MP, Willie Rennie MSP our local councillors are ready to help in whatever way that we can.

You can email us at:

Or phone on 01334 656361

We hope you found this practical advice and information helpful.

For more regular updates on Willie's work, please like or follow his Facebook page On Instagram it is Or on twitter Wendy is at: or Wendy Chamberlain Member of Parliament Willie Rennie Member of the Scottish Parliament North East Fife

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