STAFF at the new wing of the Victoria Hospital may have been admitting patients since some services moved in December, but it was only earlier this week the building was officially opened.
In front of a crowd of invited guests on Monday morning, Nicola Sturgeon, Depute First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, did the honours unveiling a plaque in the hospital’s entrance.
During her visit, Ms Sturgeon toured the intensive care and maternity units, meeting with staff and patients.
She had previously visited the hospital site before the transition of services to the new facility.
Ms Sturgeon said: “It is fantastic to see the new wing of the Victoria Hospital open and treating patients in their local community, and to meet some of the patients who are benefitting from the new facilities.
“This is a prime example of how continued investment in our NHS is benefiting patients, by providing them with quality care as close to home as possible.”
The Cabinet Secretary said the involvement of NHS staff from the outset in the design and layout of the new wing has helped, and will continue to help shape the hospital to ensure quality services are provided.
She added: “The array of people here today really does underline the importance of today’s occasion for the communities that this hospital will serve for many years to come.”
Professor Jim McGoldrick, chairman of NHS Fife, said he was delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to officially open the new wing.
He said: “The new wing provides excellent facilities to our staff to continue to deliver the very best services and care for the people of Fife.
“Thousands of patients have already benefited from acute and specialist departments’ closer proximity to each other, which has further enhanced working relationships, new state-of-the-art equipment, and an improved environment in which to recover.”
He added his thanks to staff for their hard work and commitment throughout the project.
“The new wing at Victoria Hospital is another healthcare investment that Fife can be justly proud of,” he said.