Healthcare Improvement Scotland today (03/06) published a report on their unannounced inspection of a number of wards at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy from 04 - 06 May 2021.

The Victoria Hospital is a large acute hospital and was assessed under new criteria brought in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report highlighted a total of seven areas of good practice, noting that systems were in place to ensure that patients are assessed prior to admission to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the hospital, and that staff were observed to have used PPE correctly and performed hand hygiene at appropriate opportunities.

Inspectors also observed a very good standard of domestic cleaning and staff reported that they were well-supported during COVID-19 pandemic.

The report also noted two areas where action is required. Work is underway to address these issues quickly, with some actions already having been completed.

Commenting on the report, NHS Fife Director of Nursing, Janette Owens, said:
“We are pleased that Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Report recognises the efforts of our staff, who have worked tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness of our hospital environments whilst delivering a high standard of care in especially challenging circumstances.

“Furthermore, we are also pleased that our staff reported they felt well-supported during such a difficult period.

“We also note the improvement actions highlighted in the inspection report and work is already underway to prioritise these actions and ensure a consistent approach across the organisation.”

The report is available in full on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website, at: