Hospital upgrade is biggest Scots backlog
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.