Nurses are taking to the road to tackle poor health in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities.
NHS staff will board the Well On Wheels bus to work in the heart of Levenmouth, where the health of locals is statistically significantly worse than anywhere else in Fife. It is hoped that by asking people aboard without an appointment, those with problems will be more likely to seek help.
A previous project in Kirkcaldy saw people asking for advice on healthy eating, stopping smoking and cutting stress, while others asked for a mini-health check.
Some were referred on to specialist services.
The nurses have also been trained in welfare reform, so can offer support to people affected by benefit changes.
Levenmouth has persistent pockets of deprivation, with more children living in poverty than anywhere else in Fife.
In addition, more people from the area are admitted to hospital with coronary heart disease and alcohol-related illnesses than elsewhere in the region.
Members of Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee have agreed to contribute more than 16,000 towards the project in the belief it will help to reduce the area’s dreadful health record.
Stewart Christie, team leader at Buckhaven local services centre, said the bus would tour communities and allow people to access it as they needed it.
“It’s additional provision and the aim is to engage with vulnerable families who wouldn’t necessarily make an appointment with their GPs,” he said.