"Support for Victoria, Kirkcaldy"

About: Victoria Hospital (Kirkcaldy)

(as a relative),

The following letter was sent to the Courier and published 16/8/14

I was very disappointed to read the headline in Tuesday’s edition of the Courier (12/8/14) - “Damning Report on Care at Victoria”. Many seeing this headline would not realise that it refers to only a few problems within this large hospital and I would like to redress the balance.

I was recently admitted as an emergency admission to the Victoria and spent 3 weeks between 3 different wards because of bed management problems (Admissions, Renal and Orthopaedic wards) I cannot speak highly enough of the care and kindness I received in all areas. What did concern me however were the inadequate staffing levels placing an unrealistic workload on the nurses, and I have no doubt that if this was addressed the problems highlighted in the article could be eliminated.

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Response from Gordon Birnie, Medical Director, Acute Services, NHS Fife

Dear Hewitt

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. You bring a very welcome balance and I am sure that all the staff will be encouraged by your comments. We do repeatedly review staffing levels and we are going through that process at the moment and I hope we will make a positive statement in the near future.

Wishing you well

Gordon Birnie

Associate Medical Director NHS Fife

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