Going the extra yard

Dennis O'Keeff (NHS Fife Proj Dir), Muriel Leith (Supp Serv Mgr), Dave Stewart (Chair, Operational Div), James Oliver (kneeling), Dave Paterson (sitting in buggy), Paul Hayter (all Porters) inside the new conecting tunnel that links the new wing at the Victoria Hospital and the new Service Yard behind Hayfield Hous
Dennis O'Keeff (NHS Fife Proj Dir), Muriel Leith (Supp Serv Mgr), Dave Stewart (Chair, Operational Div), James Oliver (kneeling), Dave Paterson (sitting in buggy), Paul Hayter (all Porters) inside the new conecting tunnel that links the new wing at the Victoria Hospital and the new Service Yard behind Hayfield Hous
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ANOTHER milestone was reached at Victoria Hospital this week when a new service yard opened for business.

It has been moved and now has a dedicated area to distribute goods and supplies around the new £170m wing.

Porters even have a tunnel which links the wing with the old building to get to the wards quickly.

NHSFife believe the facility will resolve difficulties with supplies which staff have faced since the wing opened earlier this year.

In February, the Press reported an 89-year-old woman with a chest infection was in a ward where no blankets were available and there were only sheets on the beds.

It is now hoped any similar issues will be resolved and deliveries return to normal.

Jim Leiper, director of estates and facilities, said: “The handover of the new service yard will improve the ebb and flow of goods and services across the site.

“It will also provide instant enhancements to the portering services provided to our clinical staff and to our patients.”

The yard has a dedicated area to receive and distribute goods and supplies, as well as having sufficient space to apply the most up to date methods to safely manage and remove clinical and domestic waste.

There will also be more opportunities to increase recycling.