around 300 extra car parking spaces will be created when a new bridge connecting the old and new wings of the Victoria Hospital is built.
And hospital bosses say that they will continue to look at ways to create more parking on and around the site – but only once patient care priorities have been dealt with.
At present patients who have beds in the new wing and who require radiology treatment in the tower block face a lengthy and arduous journey.
It includes travelling in lifts, through public reception areas and out through an open area, which is far from ideal.
But the new Y-shaped bridge will link the existing tower block and Phase One building which houses ear, nose and throat and the older theatres, with the new extension, allowing all operations to be carried out in the new theatre suite, and giving patient access to all areas of the hospital.
A temporary construction, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, will link the new wing into the old tower block.
Dave Stewart, chairman of NHS Fife’s operations division, said the post completion works had to be done in stages to allow the best patient care to continue.
“Our main priority is patient care and that comes above everything else,’’ he said.
‘‘When we moved the A&E department into the new wing we were able to remove the ramps up to it .
“Once the permanent structure is in place we will be able to take away all the construction site huts and storage between the old and new A&E buildings and next to car park K which will enable us to provide another few hundred car parking spaces for visitors and patients.
‘‘We will also have more scope for extra parking when all departments are able to use the new theatres.
“We will also be able to level the area in front of the new A&E department so ambulances, which at present have to reverse out after dropping off patients, will be able to swing around.
“We expect the work to be completed around the third week in June and after that we can start putting the extra car parking spaces in place, which should be complete by the end of summer.”
In the meantime NHS Fife has created more car parking spaces down the side of an access road behind the new wing.
And it plans to open up a car park, reserved for staff travelling between the Victoria and Queen Margaret hospital sites, to the public between 6.00 and 10.00 p.m. at night, which should help alleviate parking problems during evening visiting hours.
Dennis O’Keeffe, NHS Fife projects director, said: “There is lots of scope for us to look at additional car parking once all the post completion works are done.
‘‘It is our full intention to meet our planning consent for 1667 car parking spaces.
“What we want to ensure is that we get the best value for money that we can, so looking to use land which is already open and flat and doesn’t require much work to make it into car parking would be much more economical than us going in and knocking down buildings to create more car parking on.”