There are two Hospice Units providing 19 in-patient specialist palliative care beds in Fife.  There are also 4 palliative care beds in St Andrews Community Hospital and Adamson Hospital in Cupar.

Where is the Hospice?

The Victoria Hospice is a purpose built inpatient unit situated within the grounds of Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

The Hospice Unit in Ward 16 is based on level 3 of the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

What happens in the Hospice?

People are usually admitted initially for a period of assessment. This allows the team to look at how we might be able to improve the person's symptoms, perhaps by altering medications. Some people will then go home again or if home is no longer suitable, another care setting may be considered. End of life care will be offered to those patients who are in the last days of their life.  Patients and the people important to them are updated on a regular basis and involved in all decisions about their care.

People in the Hospice are looked after by a team of health care professionals, comprising Doctors, Nurses, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dieticians and Pharmacists who are specialists in palliative care. A Healthcare Chaplain can provide spiritual care and support to Hospice patients and their loved ones. A team of trained volunteers with skills such as hairdressing and beauty therapy are available.

Complementary Therapies are also offered.  The Hospice has nursing students who, with your permission, may participate in your care.

Patients are asked to bring in their own medicines with them on the day of admission to the Hospice - this helps the Doctors and the medicines may be used during admission.  Specialist Nurses will dispense all medication throughout the day and when required.

What facilities does the Hospice have?

The Victoria Hospice has 10 beds and Ward 16 has 9, each with a combination of single rooms and one four-bedded bay.  All rooms are en-suite with an electric profiling bed, recliner chair, television with DVD player and WiFi.

All rooms at the Victoria Hospice have patio doors which lead out to the beautifully landscaped, sensory garden.  Outdoor furniture is provided for use when the weather is nice.

The Hospice Unit in Ward 16 does not have direct access to a garden area, however, there is a dedicated ground floor garden area for the use of patients.

Both hospices have a Quiet Room and small kitchen areas which can be used at any time by patients and their families.  Resources for prayer and personal meditation are available within the Quiet Room in Victoria Hospice or on the ground floor on the Queen Margaret Hospital site.

NHS Fife has a no smoking policy and there are no facilities within the Hospice or surrounding grounds for patients or relatives to smoke.

What about mealtimes?

Hospital meals offer a wide range of menu choices and catering staff are always willing to discuss any available alternative options. There is always a range of snacks and soup which can be made for you out with normal meal times. Relatives are welcome to bring in a particular favourite food for you.

Hospital meals offer a wide range of choices and catering staff are always willing to discuss alternative options available. Relatives are invited to bring in favourite foods if desired.

Mealtimes are important, so this time is protected within the ward's routine.

What about visitors and staying over?

Visiting times are from 14:00 - 20:00.  The patient's rest period is between 13:00 and 14:00 and it might be necessary for staff to have time with patients during these hours. It is advisable to allow for occasional rest periods.  If you need to visit out with these times, you can speak with the nursing staff.

Facilities are available for relatives to stay overnight if necessary.

Palliative Care Children and Families Service

We have a Children and Families Service in which we offer parents advice in preparing and supporting their children during this difficult time.  This may include helping children understand the nature of the illness, expressing their feelings and preparing them for each stage at an appropriate time. We also support parents wishing to prepare memories for their children.

Referrals can be discussed with Catriona Macpherson at Victoria Hospice.

Dr Catriona Macpherson
Palliative Care Children and Families Service
Fife Palliative Care Service
Victoria Hospice
Hayfield Road
01592 648072