Victoria Hospital ward closed after unannounced visit by health inspectors

A ward at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy has been closed after an unannounced visit by health inspectors.
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Officials from Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) inspected the ear, nose and throat ward last week, and identified a number of maintenance issues. As a result, NHS has shut the ward to carry out refurbishment work. It has also moved patients to other parts of the hospital.

Inspectors always provide immediate feedback following a visit, and a full report will be published online soon on what they found - and any recommendations made.

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A spokesperson for HIS said: "This allows the NHS board to take action well in advance of the final report being published.”

Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy (Pic: Fife Free Press)Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy (Pic: Fife Free Press)
Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy (Pic: Fife Free Press)

NHS Fife said refurbishments were already planned for the ward, and these have been brought forward. Janette Keenan,director of nursing,said: "The recent inspection from HIS visited a variety of areas within Victoria Hospital, including those wards within the older part of the site, and identified areas where general maintenance was required.”