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Officials from Singapore have made the long trip to Fife to learn more about the health board’s comprehensive approach to patient safety.

Six senior figures from the upcoming Woodlands Integrated Health Campus, soon to be built in Singapore’s northern Woodlands region, have visited St Andrews’ Community Hospital, Anstruther’s East Neuk Pharmacy and the Glenwood Dental Centre in Glenrothes. Delegates made the trip to meet with staff to find out more about the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and learn about how patients move from primary care into to a hospital environment.

The visit was part of a fact finding mission as they look to map out the way services will look at the new 1800 bed Woodlands Integrated Health Campus, which is due to open in 2022. The site will bring together an acute hospital, community hospital and nursing home, all on one site.

NHS Fife was invited to host the visit by Healthcare Improvement Scotland in order to demonstrate how local primary care services operate and showcase its successes around continually improving safety.

Commenting, NHS Fife Primary Care Improvement Advisor, Marie Paterson, said:

“It was a privilege to host the visitors from Singapore and showcase our patient safety work. NHS Fife is in the unique position of being the only board involved with the design and testing of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in both Pharmacies and Dental Practices, as well as implementing the national roll out of the programme to all our GP Practices.”