Work is about to start to create almost 200 more car parking spaces at Kirkcaldy’s busy Victoria Hospital.
It will begin on Monday with the demolition of buildings and clearing which will then be paved over.
Demolition of the former college buildings will begin in mid March, providing additional parking to the west of the hospital campus.
Access roads to the Diabetes Centre, Victoria Hospice, Fife Community Dental Centre and the Maggie’s Centre will be changed from next week to ensure patient safety and minimise disruption.
Access to the diabetes centre and hospice will be through Gate 3 on Dunnikier Road.
No parking will be available along this revised route although spaces at the diabetes centre and Hospice will remain available for of patients and visitors. Additional temporary disabled spaces will be created next to the hospice.
Patients and visitors to the dental centre and Maggie’s Centre will be able to use Gate 4 on Dunnikier Road. Alternative parking is being made available in car parks A and B.
Spaces at Fife Community Dental Centre and Maggie’s Centre will remain available for use of patients and visitors only.
The work is due to be completed in the autumn and will result in a total of 194 extra spacess.
Parking has been an issue since the new wing was built, with local residents complaining of inconsiderate peoples blocking driveways and parking on grass verges.
Jim Leiper, NHS Fife’s director of estates, said: “It is necessary that we make minor changes to the road layout of the site to accommodate the works and ensure the safety of patients and staff whilst they are carried out.
‘‘By providing additional parking elsewhere on the site, we will be able to minimise any short term disruption in the affected areas of the hospital site.”