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Quality of life

With its stunning beauty, rich history and abundance of sporting and leisure activities, Fife is a fantastic place to live and work, with an identity and a character all of its own. The cost of living here is lower than the national Scottish average and house prices offer superb value for money, providing you with a high standard of living and quality of life.

View our guide to living and working in Fife

A large local employer

As one of the largest employers in the region, NHS Fife is a forward-thinking and innovative organisation which offers an exciting and diverse range of work, training and study opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Our hospitals and facilities

There are two main hospitals in Fife; the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy and the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

The Victoria Hospital is where specialist and acute services are based. These include Accident & Emergency, Admissions units, Maternity and Children’s Services, Renal, Surgical and Medical wards and the Diabetes Centre. A wide range of support services are also based on site, such as our laboratories and our laundry service.

Queen Margaret Hospital is home to a number of community and therapy services, alongside a Minor Injuries Unit and a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre, which includes the Regional Endoscopy Unit.

In addition, Fife is home to a further eight community hospitals spread across the Kingdom; Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline; Glenrothes Hospital; Whyteman’s Brae Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Cameron Hospital in Windygates, Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital in Buckhaven, Stratheden Hospital in Springfield, Adamson Hospital in Cupar and; St Andrews Community Hospital. There are also 55 GP practices, 59 dentists, 46 opticians and 85 community pharmacies throughout Fife.

Research and innovation

Leading the way in a range of areas, NHS Fife has produced a number of pioneering programmes and cutting-edge projects which have become Scottish ‘firsts’. For those with an interest in research, there is a wide range of support, practical advice and information on offer.