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SDS Open Meeting


As you may well know Disabled Persons Housing Fife (DPHF) and Disabilities Fife are working in partnership to promote Self Directed Support(SDS). You can find out more at a SDS meeting in Tayport, please see the text in italics written by DPHF below...

Want to find out a bit more about what Self Directed Support might mean for
you or a family member?

In partnership with Disabilities Fife, we are organising a series of open meetings across
Fife to talk about SDS and how it may be of help.

We will be there to explain how SDS works and answer any questions you may have.
There will also be a chance to meet one of our volunteer mentors – someone who is
managing their own (or a family member’s) support through SDS.

They’ll be able to tell you how it worked for them and the difference it has made to their
lives by directing their own support.

Come along for a tea or coffee and an informal chat - you never know, it might make all
the difference!


The Dolphin Centre,
Gladstone Square,
Tayport DD6 9EW

Friday 9th December, 11.30am – 1.00pm

 

If you are interested in coming along (so we can plan ahead), please contact Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife) on 01592 803280 or by email at events@dphsfife.org.uk

 

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Would you like to be more involved in making decisions and becoming actively involved in disability issues. Disabilities Fife needs more voices to raise awareness of the difficulties disabled people encounter.

Telephone our office for more information.

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ARE YOU AN UNPAID CARER?

Do you routinely help the person you care for get about, get in or out of bed or chair, or turn or position in bed?

You sometimes may have pain - in your back, neck, shoulders or elsewhere.

You may worry about hurting yourself or the person you care for.

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Scooters For Hire
at Loch Leven (Loch Leven’s Larder)

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Myself Robert Hunter on my own scooter with my dog Jasper at the side of Loch Ore Meadows Country Park

Did you know that you can hire Mobility Scooters at LochOre Meadows Country Park so you can go around the park. As far as I am aware there are 2 scooters available to use though you are required to go through a short training course to make sure are able and safe to use one of their scooters and be given a card to prove that you have passed the course..

The Outdoor Centre 01592 583388 or the Resource Centre 01592 583343

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The photo is of myself Robert Hunter on my own scooter with my dog Jasper at the side of LochOre Meadows Country Park

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18/11/2016

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Please attend our AGM and Network meeting on 8th December in Dunfermline

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Your electronic invite and please reply to the chair@disabilitiesfife.org.uk 

before Thursday 1st December 2016 for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and network event at..

St Andrews Erskine Church, Robertson Road, Dunfermline, KY12 0BF

on Thursday 8th December 2016

Please see brief details of the event below my signature.

Best wishes --- Charles

Charles Litster Chair@disabilitiesfife.org.uk


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AGM 1:30 to 2:00pm

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2:00 - 3:30 pm

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19/07/2016

Disabilities Fife needs your help to fund vital projects to help the disabled.

If you can help, please donate as shown below.

Any donation no matter how small is very welcome. Thank you.

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04/10/2016

SDS Options (Fife)

SDS Open Meetings

Want to find out a bit more about what Self Directed Support might mean for you or a family member?
In partnership with Disabilities Fife, we are organising a series of open meetings across Fife to talk about SDS and how it may be of help.

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22/07/2016

Edinburgh Trams have made their decision to allow Class 2 Mobility Scooters on the Trams from the 1st of August, after their successful trial this year.  Please feel free to share this information with your networks/contacts - http://edinburghtrams.com/news/mobility-scooters/ .  If you are on social media, we have been asked to use @EdinburghTrams and hashtag #TramAccess to spread the word.

Kind regards

Lisa Freeman
Strategy Liaison Officer

SEStran

lisa.freeman@sestran.gov.uk

0131 524 5159

25/04/2016

Talking Mats Workshops

Talking Mats make it easier for people to communicate about things that are important to them.

Talking Mats was designed by Speech and Language Therapists. They are really easy to use.

There is a 'Keeping Safe' Talking Mat.

It helps adults with learning disabilities to tell someone about things that are worrying them.

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20/04/2016

On behalf of Diabetes UK, I would like to invite anyone affected by Type 2 diabetes along to a free one day event in Dunfermline on the 17th of May from 9.30am (please see the attached poster and flyer for more information). The event aims to provide an opportunity for patients with Type 2 diabetes to learn about effective diabetes management, to ask experts any diabetes related questions, as well as to meet other people affected by Type 2 diabetes. If you’d like to attend, please book your place early by filling this registration form.

Furthermore, on behalf of Scotland’s National Agency for Craft – Craft Scotland, I would like to make you aware that Craft Scotland are currently looking to find out more about the various types of craft activities practiced by people within different cultural minorities across Scotland in order to broaden our society’s understanding of traditional as well as contemporary crafts that communities in Scotland undertake. If you’re interested in talking about your practice, please contact Joanna Bletcher on j.f.bletcher@dundee.ac.uk.

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Diversity Event Interest Form 2016 MS Word

Last but not least, a little update on this year’s Diversity Week Fife preparations. We are still on the lookout for people, groups and organisations to put on events during the week, as well as for performers and stall-holders for the Diversity Gala on Sunday 11 September in Kirkcaldy. If you’d like to participate in a week of events to celebrate the modern families of Fife – or know anyone who might be interested – please fill in (or pass on) the attached interest form and return to us as soon as you can.

Kind regards,

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities


Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 314
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.

15/04/2016

From Fife Centre for Equalities

I’d like to take this opportunity to make you aware of two current consultations.
Firstly, the Dalgety Bay Pharmacy Consulation regarding a proposed application for a new pharmacy to open within 1A Moray Way North, Dalgety Bay (see the attached document for more details). If you want to contribute, please complete the attached questionnaire and email it to  Fife-UHB.primarycareadmin@nhs.net. Alternatively, hard copies of the questionnaire can be posted to: Linda Neave, Administration Assistant, NHS Fife, Primary Care Department, Cameron House, Cameron Bridge, Leven, Fife KY8 5RG.  Linda's contact number is 01592 226413.

Furthermore, the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is inviting anyone from community groups and networks as well as people working with communities to give their views on participation requests.  On 21st March, Scottish Government launched its formal consultation on the regulations to accompany Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, Participation Requests. SCDC is supporting the formal consultation by running a parallel consultation process on the detail of the regulations and on the content of the statutory guidance. They will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey later this spring to gather views from within communities. You can note your interest here or by contacting Andrew Paterson at SCDC by email: andrew.paterson@scdc.org.uk.

Lastly, I’d like to make you aware of an exciting opportunity that can help forge stronger links between Fife’s voluntary sector and Police Scotland in Fife. A group of voluntary sector representatives is being formed which will meet with Police Scotland representatives on a regular basis to further improve mutual support and understanding – see DS Stuart Johnson’s invitation letter attached. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Shirley Buttercase (on FifeEqualityUnit@scotland.pnn.police.uk or 01383 318640). The group will meet for the first time on Thursday 21 April – details will be specified upon expressing your interest.

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As always, we would very much appreciate if you could share any of the above information that is relevant to you with your network.

Kind regards,

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities

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Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 314
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
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Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.

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14/04/2016

Community Engagement with Police Scotland

I'd like to bring to your attention an exciting opportunity to help forge stronger links between Fife's voluntary sector and Police Scotland here in Fife. 
Police colleagues are keen to work closely with us to ensure the best support possible for our communities. 

Engagement meetings will take place every couple of months with a group of representatives to look at new developments, make improvements to communications and various aspects of local policing.

What is this?
An opportunity to join a group of voluntary sector representatives who will meet with local Police Scotland colleagues on a regular basis.  It will further improve understanding and support between voluntary organisations and the Police, but also the Police and our communities.

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23/03/2016

Disabilities Fife are moving back to...

From 1st April 2016

Our new address will be:-

West Bridge Mill
Bridge Street
Kirkcaldy
KY1 1TE

Opening times:-

Tuesday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Wednesday 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Tel 01592 203993

Fax: 01592 203786

Mobile (SMS Text): 07841504318

Email:
enquiries@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

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29/09/2014

In addition to donating through this website, you may be interested to know that you can help Disabilities Fife to raise money through your using Easyfundraising.org.uk

I myself (Robert Hunter, this websites Administrator) have signed up with Easyfundraising.org.uk  and have started doing my online shopping through it. So far I have bought items from: Ebay, amazon and Asda’s, though the rewards back have been small but it is still a donation to Disabilities Fife and every bit counts. I hope you will do the same.

I have to date 22/14/2014, by buying items from Ebay, Amazon and Asda through Easyfundraising.org.uk I have earned Disabilities Fife £7.40 from these companies. It may not be a lot but it`s better than nothing and it coming from these companies as I buy from them.

Disabilities Fife has registered with Easyfundraising.org.uk to be able to receive your cash reward that you can turn into a donation for Disabilities Fife after you have bought something online through Easyfundraising.org.uk

06/04/2016

In light of some of the recent hate crime events, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you a community letter that Police Scotland have issued last week to re-assure the Scottish public that reports of hate crime, extremism or violence in Scotland will be thoroughly investigated and taken extremely seriously.

Community letter 1st April

On a more positive note, I’d also like to remind you that we are still on the lookout for organisations, community groups as well as individuals to take part in Diversity Week 2016 (5th – 11th September, Fife-wide), and more specifically in the Diversity Gala on the 11th of September at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy. We are looking for stall holders, volunteers as well as performers. If you’d like to get involved in the gala or if your organisation is interested in putting on an event or a workshop during the week, please get in touch. If you’d like to express your interest now, please fill in the attached interest form and return it to Fife Centre for Equalities.

Diversity Event Interest Form 2016

Kind regards

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities


Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 311
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.

05/04/2016

NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2016

TO BE HELD IN LIVERPOOL

We are thrilled to announce The National Diversity Awards will once again be hosted by the historic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 16th 2016! Against the Liverpool skyline, this breathtaking piece of architecture will be a treat for those travelling to the city, famously known as the largest cathedral in the UK. Named Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2008, it is fitting to hold the annual ceremony in such a diverse place.

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03/04/2016

I’d like to take this opportunity to spread the word that Fife Centre for Equalities is currently looking for volunteer Equality Networkers. If you are interested, or know someone who might enjoy engaging with the communities and broadening our equalities network, please do get in touch.

Furthermore, to increase our social media presence, we are now also on LinkedIn. If that is a platform you use, please follow us here for updates and networking opportunities.

Finally, I’d like to make you aware of the recently published Fife LGBT Community Needs Assessment Report, which is the most comprehensive research to date into the experience of LGBT people in Fife. If you’d like to read the Report, please click here. If you’d like to request a hard copy of the report, please contact the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Administrator, Alan, at alan@lgbthealth.org.uk or on 0131 523 1100.

Kind regards,

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities


Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 311
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.

24/03/2016

http://files.ctctcdn.com/1b154e99301/3b47ace3-69f5-4fcf-a7e2-27ad7d8264df.jpgMy name is Barbara, I am the Administration and Finance Officer of the Centre for Equalities, I started working for the Centre on Monday. I am very excited about my new role, I think the work FCE is already doing is brilliant, and, looking ahead, it is clear that the existence of the Centre will make a great difference and that much will be achieved through championing equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in Fife. Before coming here, I was Administrative Officer at the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, in Dunfermline. I am also a teacher of Italian and of English as a Foreign Language.

If you have read our e-bulletin last week (if you haven’t received it so far and would like to subscribe, please get in touch), you will know that FCE is already getting started with preparations for Diversity Week, in September.  This year’s theme is ‘Modern Families’.

We encourage everyone to get involved in the week of events and activities that will take place from the 5th to the 11th of September.  You can get involved in so many ways…

  • Tell your story about the obstacles and barriers you have overcome to become and be accepted as a family unit
  • Organise your own community event
  • Take part in a conference
  • Perform or hold a stall at the Diversity Gala
  • Become a volunteer and help us organise events throughout the week

I’ve attached our Interest Form, so if you, or your organisation, would like to participate, please have a look at it and return it to us as soon as you can – please note that allocation of stalls will be made on first-come-first-served basis.

We are open to any ideas, so talk to us.  You are also more than welcome to share the information as well as the attached form with whomever you think might wish to take part in Diversity Week 2016.

Diversity Event Interest Form 2016

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you require further information or clarification.

Best wishes,
Barbara

 

Barbara Bianchi
Administration and Finance Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities

Please note that I only work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
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Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 315
Email: barbara@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.

17/03/2016

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providing quality andaccessible public transport
options for the communities we service across Fife,Perthshire, Dundee and Angus.

This year we're taking part in the second annual Disabled Access Day on Saturday 12th March.

Disabled Access Day is all about disabled people trying something new, whether that's going to a coffee shop, cinema, sports centre or using public transport. We're using this date as an opportunity to remind our staff and passengers how we can support people travelling with us, whatever their needs. We want to give people with a disability more confidence when using public transport whilst encouraging them to explore new places using our bus routes.

Currently we assist passengers with any difficulties by:

  • Constantly investing in our fleet to improve access and space for wheelchairs, disabled buggies and certain approved mobility scooters - almost all vehicles operating across East Scotland are now DDA compliant, fitted with either wheelchair lifts or ramps.

  • Providing Journey Assistance Cards for customers who need a bit more help when using our services.

  • Offering passenger information in alternative formats, including large print, Braille and audio upon request.

  • Ensuring passengers can get in touch with us - we have a dedicated helpdesk for accessibility issues to provide travel advice and support with timetables and journey planning. Contact details for the helpdesk are included on vehicles, all Stagecoach East Scotland publications, and our 'Making Your Journey Easier' leaflet (example enclosed), which highlights what support is available to passengers with disabilities. The helpdesk also offers a booking system, meaning we can provide specific assistance to passengers with impaired mobility and provide assistance in boarding and alighting vehicles.

We're always looking for other ways we can support local groups, if there is anything you think we could assist with or do better, or if you have any questions please contact me by emailing mark.whitelocks@stagecoachbus.com or writing to FREEPOST STAGECOACH.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 



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14/03/2016

Information on BLUE BADGES

•The Blue Badge is a national parking scheme administered by local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government.

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/03/28155511/1

•The Blue Badge scheme was introduced in 1971 to help disabled people achieve more independence.

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27/02/2016

National Diversity Awards Nominations

Submit your entry today!

The National Diversity Awards celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today's society.

Nominating for the National Diversity Awards is easy! Simply choose an award category below for the person/organisation you wish to nominate for.

Award categories include: 

Positive Role Model Award

The importance of having a role model can never be under estimated, role models help us to be driven, inspired, to focus, to achieve goals and strive to gain success. A role model can be a family member, friend, coach/mentor, teacher, community leader, colleague or a neighbour.

The Positive Role Model Award is split into 5 strands 
Age | Disability | Gender | LGBT | Race, Religion & Faith

Make a Nomination

Community Organisation Award

Recognises individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.

The Community Organisation Award is split into 6 strands 
Age | Disability | Gender | LGBT | Race, Religion & Faith | Multi Strand

Make a Nomination

Entrepreneur of Excellence Award

Recognises individuals who have best demonstrated managerial expertise in assembling resources, creating an organisation, decision making under uncertainty, being forward looking, and creatively solving problems.

Make a Nomination

Diverse Company Award

Identifies a company that employs a diverse workforce and is better able to understand the demographics of the marketplace it serves and whose goals are to reassure and encourage people from the most deprived areas to further their careers.

Make a Nomination

Lifetime Achiever Award

Honours an individual who has made significant, innovative and cumulatively outstanding contributions to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, devoting a major portion of their professional career to the cause.

Make a Nomination

24/02/2016

Disabled Access Day

This coming Saturday marks two weeks to go until Disabled Access Day! We’ve been busy confirming events and activities across the UK, for which there are now over 200. Combined with the support of Caffè Nero, Strada, John Lewis and Barclays this year is shaping up to be a great event.

I hope that you received our recent information pack which was sent to you at the beginning of February. It would be great if you were able to publicise Disabled Access Day through your own channels whether that’s online or in your building, so we can help make Disabled Access Day bigger and better than last year! You can download resources, including our logo, social media graphics and a sample blog for your website from our resources page.

If Disabilities Fife is holding its own event on 12th March, great! Please let us know and we can officially sign you up and start promoting your activity through our own social media channels and, if appropriate, encourage others to attend too.

If you have other plans for the day, for example if you’re arranging a trip to a local attraction, please let us know! We love to hear what people are up to and can promote your involvement through our social media and website too. To find out what’s on near you take a look at our event search. If you have a suggestion of somewhere that you’d like to see involved that’s not signed up at the moment, please get in touch and we will invite them to get involved too.

If you have any questions about the day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whatever you do to mark Disabled Access Day on 12th March, please let us know and share your stories and photographs on social media – it’s great to see what everyone gets up to!

Lauren Pluss | Disabled Access Day Manager

24/02/2016

Fundraising Regulation in Scotland

Charity fundraising has been under a lot of public and media scrutiny. There is a feeling that something needs to change in terms of how charity fundraising is regulated. However, what the change might be has yet to be decided.

While change to regulation of charity fundraising could be a very good thing, we need to ensure that the changes work both for the public, and for charities themselves. And while a reboot of fundraising regulation might be an important step, so would a change in the culture of fundraising and an increase in transparency overall.

The review of fundraising in Scotland and the fundraising summit hosted by SCVO in November started a process of reflection and discussion around potential options for Scotland. Since the summit, the Scottish Fundraising Working Group has developed these three potential options for consultation.

Option 1: Here, fundraising regulation would follow the model defined in the Etherington Review. There would be a UK-wide regulator which would act as an intermediary, taking the role previously done by the Fundraising Standards Board (which is being disbanded). Fundraising in Scotland would become part of this UK-wide structure.

Option 2: In model two, the system would look similar to the UK model. However, an independent Scottish Fundraising Regulator would be created which would play the regulatory role.

Option 3: This option would look very different. There would be no new regulator. regulation would rely on a strengthening of complaints procedures within charities themselves, and an enhanced role for OSCR.

The working group now wants to hear views from others and a consultation has been launched. The group is looking for as many people as possible to get involved. You can fill in the survey or send a longer response to research@scvo.org.uk. The background document giving more details on the options can be found on the survey site using the link above.

And so, it is over to you. the consultation is open until the 31st of March this year. If you have a moment, please let the working group know what you think.

Jude Turbyne

Head of Engagement, OSCR

16/04/2015

Simplified visiting times help support hospital visiting

Support

If you have ever wondered what times you can visit loved ones in an NHS Fife hospital, recent changes have made things that little bit simpler.

Where many of Fife’s wards previously had variations on visiting, the Health Board has introduced standard visiting times of 2pm until 8pm, across all wards. The changes are informed by patient feedback and make visiting as accessible as possible. Of course, there will still be some situations where 2pm – 8pm is unsuitable, and NHS Fife will continue to be as flexible as possible in these cases.

In another move to make life on wards easier for patients and visitors, new Ward Welcome boards have been put up across hospitals. The boards give all the information needed to ensure patients can communicate their needs, with details including visiting hours, ways to feedback experiences, and a picture of the senior nurse in charge of the ward.

Patients consistently feedback that being kept informed as to their care is central to a positive experience on the wards. Ward Welcomes have been specifically designed with this in mind, and ensure that patients and families know exactly what to expect and who to turn to, regardless of which hospital they happen to be in.

The above is from the FifeLife digital edition Spring 2015
http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm#fifelifeSection

 
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