Hospi­tal up­grade is big­gest Scots back­log

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A multi-mil­lion-pound up­grade to Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal in Kirk­caldy is the big­gest back­log in Scot­land’s health ser­vice, a new re­port re­veals.

The Courier re­vealed on Mon­day a £29 mil­lion up­grade was needed just to bring an age­ing tower block up to stan­dard.

Min­is­ters yes­ter­day pub­lished an au­dit ex­am­in­ing the con­di­tion of NHS as­sets – in­clud­ing build­ings, ve­hi­cles and equip­ment – across the coun­try in 2017.

It said: “The main in­crease in back­log this year is from NHS Fife who have iden­ti­fied the need to in­vest in the ex­ter­nal wall fa­cade to the tower block at Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal, Kirk­caldy.”

One of Scot­land’s health boards has just a quar­ter of its build­ings in a good phys­i­cal con­di­tion, while in an­other area al­most one in 10 prop­er­ties have been ranked as “un­sat­is­fac­tory”.

Over­all, it showed the num­ber of prop­er­ties classed as be­ing in a “good phys­i­cal con­di­tion” had in­creased slightly, with the pro­por­tion of cat­e­gory A and B build­ings go­ing from 70% in 2016 to 72% last year. In Fife, 84% of the build­ings were rated A or B for phys­i­cal con­di­tion. That fig­ure was 95% for Tay­side.

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