NHS Fife has revealed plans for a state of the art orthopaedics centre.
The service needs to be moved to allow refurbishment of the tower block at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
It is the only in-patiemnt service accommated in the old building, and work on the £30m improvement project cannot start until it is relocated.
The service will likely be moved to a brand new building, if funding is approved.
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Tricia Marwick, who chairs the board of NHSFife, said: “Patients requiring orthopaedic services continues to rise.
“The new centre will require a significant capital investment to complete and will put Fife at the heart of orthopaedic excellence in Scotland.”
Chief Executive Paul Hawkins said: “There’s a lot of work to go into it, but we’re fairly ready to go. We’ve got some very tight time scales, but we’re moving forward as quickly as we can and I see this as a really big plus for NHS Fife.”
Ms Marwick congratulated the work going into getting the centre replaced, saying: “I think it’s a tribute to the fantastic team we’ve got who are doing such amazing work. It is a recognition of the excellent work that’s happening here, including things like the one day hip replacement, and the need to have additional theatre space.”