BUILDING works and improvements at Queen Margaret Hospital will enable more surgeries to be carried out in Dunfermline.

NHS Fife have been reconfiguring the theatres since the start of the year, the project also includes a redesign of the reception area, to create extra clinical space.

The work is due to be completed by the end of September and will help increase the number of procedures and operations that can be carried out.

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing was given the update at a briefing given to politicians and said: "It was welcome news indeed to hear of increased capacity for day surgery at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and I very much look forward to that trend continuing.

Dunfermline Press: There will be more day surgeries at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.There will be more day surgeries at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

“I sincerely hope, as we move towards autumn and winter that all that can be done will be done in protecting elective surgery and, during the meeting, I asked to what extent the current waiting time strategy has factored in the impact of the potential ‘elephant in the room’ facing the health service, that being the upcoming winter pressures.

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“Assurances were given – and noted – that there is constant planning activity in place to seek to tackle the issue of delayed discharges.

"These plans, of course, require the involvement and engagement of a range of partners, not just the NHS.”