Healthcare staff at three Fife hospitals can now enjoy newly created facilities following the official opening of new staff wellbeing hubs by Tricia Marwick, Chair of Fife Health Charity, and Carol Potter, Chief Executive, NHS Fife, this month (December 2022).
The bright, contemporary spaces at the Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital in Leven, Glenrothes Hospital and the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, were designed and developed in consultation with staff to provide calming environments for staff for respite and to recharge away from busy hospital wards and departments.
These hubs are part of an overall project which will develop similar spaces across NHS Fife hospitals and collectively have been supported with over £480,000 in funding from Fife Health Charity. This funding includes a significant donation from an anonymous benefactor to support NHS Fife staff and grant funding from NHS Charities Together.
During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, a network of temporary staff hubs was established in hospitals across NHS Fife, which aimed to provide somewhere for staff to relax, have refreshments and take breaks away from their clinical areas.
Building on the benefits gained from creating the temporary hubs, new permanent wellbeing hubs are currently being developed and opened at hospitals across Fife, with a wellbeing hub created at Queen Margaret Hospital the first to be opened in the summer of this year.
Commentating on the unveiling of the latest wellbeing hubs, Fife Health Charity Chair, Tricia Marwick, said:
“These new facilities reflect Fife Health Charity’s ongoing commitment to improving the wellbeing of not only NHS Fife patients but members of staff who play a crucial role in looking after the wellbeing of others by providing high quality care.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, the charity made a commitment to help staff as best we could. The opening of the latest permanent staff hubs acknowledge the
dedication shown by healthcare staff during those challenging times and which continues to be shown today.”
Notes to Editors
Fife Health Charity is the strategic charity partner of NHS Fife. It aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the people of Fife through funding and grants that support projects that are not normally funded by the NHS.
During the last financial year, 2021-22, Fife Health Charity awarded 134 grants totalling over £3 million to support NHS Fife patients and staff.