Dunfermline Press

New £2m procedural unit opens at Dunfermlin­e’s QMH


A NEW £2million Procedural Unit has been officially opened in Queen Margaret Hospital.

The new unit was opened by acting chair of the NHS Fife board, Alistair Morris. it has been open to patients since September and is designed to increase capacity for day surgery and improve the experience of patients.

Completion of the unit enables patients having procedures under local anaestheti­c to be admitted straight into the theatre suite rather than the day surgery ward.

This frees up space in the ward for patients requiring general anaestheti­c and will also help increase overall theatre capacity as a result.

The project to reconfigur­e underutili­sed areas within the hospital’s Day Surgery Unit began in February 2021. These works have enabled the creation of a new Unit within Day Surgery through capital investment of £2m.

Alistair Morris, chair of the Fife NHS Board, said: “I was delighted to officially open the new Procedure Unit at Queen Margaret Hospital. Queen Margaret Hospital has truly become a centre of excellence in day surgery over recent years, pioneering many new surgical innovation­s ahead of anywhere else in the country.

“With many more procedures now able to be carried out as day-cases, it is vitally important that we maximise our day surgery capacity wherever possible, particular­ly given the impact the pandemic has had on waiting times.

“This new unit will not only help us increase surgical capacity, but it enables us to provide care in a new, bright and purpose-built setting which helps us improve the experience for patients also.”

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