ELDERLY patients and expectant mums are just some of the people who will have to attend appointments at Stratheden Hospital as Cupar's Adamson Hospital undergoes an 18-month long redevelopment.
Although full planning permission is yet to be granted, NHS Fife has been making initial arrangements for the transfer of the majority of hospital services from Cupar out to Stratheden.
From the end of September, it is expected that all in-patients currently cared for in the Adamson will be 'decanted' to two wards at the psychiatric hospital.
In addition, a number of community health clinics including physiotherapy, podiatry, paediatric therapy and the community midwives will relocated to Springfield House, which has lain unused for the past four years.
Both GP practices — which will have more consulting rooms following the redevelopment — plus the minor injury unit and the outpatient department will remain in Cupar.
It is understood x-ray services will be conducted at both Glenrothes Hospital and at the new St Andrews hospital instead.
Ahead of the redevelopment, a five month period of 'enabling works' to replace the Adamson's antiquated heating system will be carried out.
The company undertaking these works will be based at the bottom of the new dental centre car park and, in an effort to reduce congestion on Bank Street, Fife Council has already introduced restrictions on parking in the street.
While NHS Fife has said its travel co-ordinator will be working closely with the Adamson project team to consider the impact of moving services to Stratheden, a spokesperson was unable to confirm if this would involve laying on extra bus services out to the outlying hospital.
At present Stagecoach's 64 and 64a service stops at the hospital every hour Monday to Saturday, but on Sundays there are just a handful of services available for patients and visitors.