Kinross town is served by Loch Leven Health Centre, a purpose built facility opened in 2009. The Health Centre incorporates two practices, St. Serf’s Medical Practice, which has seven GPs, and Orwell Practice, with two GPs.
There is also a clinical team in the area which includes Practice Nurses, District Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists and a Podiatrist.
There are no local hospitals; for this reason residents are more likely to see their GPs than report to Accident and Emergency. For routine appointments, patients are most likely to be referred to Perth Royal Infirmary or Victoria Hospital in Fife.
|Health Indicator (per 100,000 population)||Year(s)||Perth and Kinross||Scotland||Kinross-shire, Almond and Earn|
|Early deaths from CHD (Coronary Heart Disease)(<75 years of age) ||2011-13||46.7||60.7||
|Early Deaths from Cancer||2012-14||123.2||154.7||115.4|
|Alcohol relates Hospital stays||2012/15||401.5||671.7||208.7|
|Deaths from Alcohol Conditions||2010-2014||19.6||23.1||9.9|
|Drug related hospital stays||2012/13-2014/15||80.6||122||52.4|
|Patients registered with cancer||2011-13||574.9||634||579.3
|Patients hospitalised with COPD||2011-13||466||660||
|Population prescribed drugs for anxiety/depression/psychosis (Percentage)||2014||15.1%||17.4%||15.7|
Heart disease and cancers for adults under 75 is also lower compared to the rest of Scotland. Rates of adults being prescribed drugs for anxiety, depression or psychosis in the locality is 13.3% which is lower than Scotland as a whole where 17.4% of the adult population have prescriptions for these mental health conditions. Even though the rates of people receiving prescriptions is lower in the locality there has been an increased in recent years both locally and nationally. The increase in prescriptions for mental health conditions is partly a result of better awareness of mental health conditions by GPs and communities.
There are significantly lower rates of drug and alcohol abuse in the locality compared with both Perth and Kinross as a whole with fewer deaths and hospital admissions relating to drug or alcohol abuse.
Health and Social Care
In 2015, as part of the work to integrate health and social care services, ‘join the conversation’ was launched to engage with communities on how to improve the provision of health and social care services. Respondents felt that:
Better communication and co-operation between carers and hospital and GP staff would be highly beneficial; this is in keeping with the responses received throughout Perth and Kinross.
It would be beneficial to make it easier for members of the public to access information on the services available to them.
Transport to hospitals is an issue for many people, as the nearest hospitals are in Perth and Fife. There is a Kinross Volunteer Group & Rural Outreach Scheme which provides transport for residents, especially older residents, to and from appointments.
A common theme in the responses was that many people strongly valued social groups; however some felt it was difficult for them to set up their own groups.