NHS Fife has not yet set a date for the closure of Netherlea Hospital in Newport.
The decision to close the ageing building and refer patients to hospitals in St Andrews, Cupar or Glenrothe, as well as improving care in the community arrangements, was taken by Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership last month.
A spokesperson for NHS Fife said this week that an exact closure date was still to be finalised.
“Local leads are concluding transitional arrangements and discharge plans for remaining patients,” said the spokesperson.
“A date for closure will be confirmed following this.”
Tay Bridgehead councillors, Tim Brett and Maggie Taylor, have expressed their disappointment at the decision to close Netherlea which has served the area for over 60 years since.
Councillor Taylor said: “The news of the closure was given to the AGM of the Friends of Netherlea Hospital last Tuesday evening, and I would like to put on record the significant help and support that the Friends have given the hospital over many years.
“Councillor Brett and I would also like to thank the staff of Netherlea who have worked tirelessly over the years giving the many patients the care and comfort which they deserved.”
Councillor Brett added: “There is no date as yet for the closure of the hospital, but I hope that this will not occur before the new community services, which are being put in place under the reshaping care for older people agenda, have started.”
Reporting to the Friends of Netherlea AGM – which also marked the organisation’s 15th anniversary – chairperson John Naysmith said the group had been told Netherlea would remain open until alternative facilities were in place, and patients would continue to be admitted to the hospital as long as they were thought to be short-term admissions.
Mr Naysmith said: “The Friends are continuing to fight ‘to the last gasp’ and a letter has been sent to health minister Nicola Sturgeon.”
He also thanked Councillors Brett and Taylor, for their support and efforts on behalf of Netherlea.