New and expectant mothers could be forced to endure their stay in a Fife hospital alongside sick and dying patients, it has been claimed.
Senior consultants at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital are said to be deeply uneasy about plans to take eight beds from the busy maternity ward to move gynaecological patients in. Early pregnancy is also expected to move next door to the midwife-led unit, sparking concerns women suffering from miscarriages will be close to those giving birth.
The changes have been put forward as part of NHS Fife’s drive to move clinical wards within the Vic’s ageing tower block to new areas in the hospital and the health board has stressed patient safety will be central to any change.
However, one anonymous whistleblower at the hospital branded the move “absolutely ridiculous” and has urged people to raise their concerns about the “atrocious” state of affairs.
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Jann Gardner, NHS Fife chief operating officer, confirmed co-location of gynaecology and obstetric services was being considered.
She said: “Key staff from across clinical services and planning have been involved in this work and our staff will continue to play a crucial role as we continue to develop this programme further.”