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Victoria Hospital

A large district general hospital in Kirkcaldy (S Fife), Victoria Hospital is located a mile (1.5 km) north of the town centre. This is the principal hospital providing services to the people of Central and East Fife and a regional service in Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Ear, Nose & Throat, Haematology, Medical & Surgical Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Respiratory Medicine, Stroke Medicine and Infectious Diseases. The hospital is centred around a conspicuous fourteen storey tower block which contains wards and was opened in 1967 by William Ross (1911-88), Secretary of State for Scotland. Victoria Hospital occupies the site of the former Kirkcaldy District Infectious Diseases Hospital which was constructed in phases between 1897 and 1912, and some of whose buildings remain at the southern end of the site. The site has continuously grown with the more significant developments including low-rise buildings added to the northern end in 1980-83 and a large extension opened in 2012, which more than doubled the capacity of the hospital to 800 beds. This 170 million extension, with its remarkable curved facade, was delivered by Balfour Beatty as a Public Private Partnership. It contains eleven operating theatres, a new Accident and Emergency department, a large maternity suite, together with paediatric, endoscopy, renal and critical care units. Victoria Hospital also provides a 4-bed Intensive Care Unit and a 4-bed High Dependency Unit. Patients are referred to Edinburgh for specialist services, such as oncology and neurosurgery.

Maggie's Centre Fife was built in the grounds in 2006, while the nearby Whyteman's Brae Hospital caters for psychiatric and elderly patients, together with sexual health services.


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