Hospital celebrates diamond anniversary

AN Open afternoon was held at Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital last week to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Held by Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth Community Health Partnership the event also gave the local community an opportunity to view the newly refurbished hospital.

Welcoming visitors, Fiona MacKenzie, local clinical manager Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth CHP said: "As the National Health Service celebrates its 60th birthday we become increasingly conscious of not only our health but our history and heritage. No more so than within this area and here at Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital. This hospital will celebrate its centenary next year.

"The National Health Service has provided essential health care for 60 years, prior to this, health care was provided in the area through this hospital.

"As the local people will know it was built by the Wemyss family and supported through donations from local businesses, churches, individuals and directly from the wages of local miners.

"To this day the NHS understands the importance of providing health care close to the community, with the commitment to keep as many services as close to the community as possible reflected in the newly refurbished Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital.

"Randolph Wemyss is a really exciting blend of the past, present and the future in health care. The Community Health Partnership is delighted to welcome everyone who has come here today to celebrate the recent developments at Randolph Wemyss and NHS 60th birthday."

The afternoon was a great success with a good turnout from the local community and schools. Visitors enjoyed afternoon tea, judged artwork supplied by local pupils, viewed information stands and toured field hospital tents staffed by the RAF.