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THE new £170 million wing of Victoria Hospital was formally handed over on Friday.

The keys were passed to NHS Fife by contractors Balfour Beatty in a special ceremony on the site, marking the countdown to the official opening of the impressive building.

Victoria Hospital''$170m new wing - keys handed over Oct 2011

Victoria Hospital''$170m new wing - keys handed over Oct 2011

The first wards are due to move in from the tower block starting December 19, with a full schedule of transfers, including maternity from Forth Park and intensive care from Queen Margaret all taking place between then and June next year.

Mike Peasland, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, said: “I’m pleased for this team - NHS Fife, Consort and Balfour Beatty - they have done a fantastic job.

“It’s not just about the construction - it’s about what we leave behind. It’s with great pride and pleasure that we are able to hand over the new wing, on time and on budget, into the safe hands of NHS Fife and Consort.”

Mr Peasland also announced the contractors had made a donation of £20,000 to the new children’s ward to buy equipment for a a first-class secure outdoor play area built within the new wards.

Ben Conway, vice-chairman of NHS Fife, said: “This is is a defining moment in NHS Fife’s long-term strategy to transform health services across the region.

‘‘It marks the delivery of a superb facility which will allow our staff to provide first class services in a first class setting, whilst also improving patient environment.

“Having watched the building take shape, the scale and progress of the project has been quite remarkable. This facility which will provide a lasting healthcare legacy for the people of Fife for generations to come.”