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KIRKCALDY;'Victoria Hospital. Equipment being transported from old to new wing'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'Victoria Hospital. Equipment being transported from old to new wing'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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AFTER months of anticipation, the new wing at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy opened its doors to patients on Monday.

Already settling into their new home are medical wards, cardiology, haematology/oncology and endoscopy.

One of the first services to transfer was the Vic’s accident and emergency service, which was relocated with the minor injuries unit, and opened to patients in its new location at 8.00 a.m. on Monday.

A&E will continue to operate from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., seven days a week, with the minor injuries service available 24 hours a day.

Queen Margaret Hospital’s A&E in Dunfermline will transfer to the new wing on January 19.

Planning

The £170m state-of-the-art facilities, which staff were involved in planning, will change the face of health services in Fife for decades to come.

The new wing is part of NHS Fife’s General Hospitals and Maternity Services (GH&MS) Project which also lead to the closure and transfer of Forth Park Hospital.

Ann McCarlie, project manager, said: “The service moves are taking place as anticipated. A great deal of careful planning has been undertaken to ensure minimal disruption to patients.

Maternity

“Some equipment has been installed in advance of the moves, including the new CT scanner, theatre and intensive care equipment and some new beds, however, equipment will also move with the patients on the day of transfers.

“Following the completion of this week’s service moves, our attention will turn to the transfer of maternity and children’s services from Forth Park in January.”

A&E services based at Queen Margaret will transfer on January 19. Operational hours for A&E at the Vic will then change to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A minor injuries service will remain at Queen Margaret.