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The History and facts about Queen Margaret Hospital

By - Thu, 29th Nov 2001

In 1993 the Queen Margaret hospital was one of the best hospitals in the UK. Now there are proposals to strip it of its major services.

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The history and facts listed below show what Dunfermline and West Fife will lose if ever this proposal comes into being ...Let us pray this will not come to pass ...

The maternity unit was moved from Dunfermline to Kirkcaldy several years ago and although there is talk of a new unit being created again in Dunfermline it will be difficult to see how that could go ahead with all the cuts being proposed.

Queen Margaret Hospital, based in Dunfermline, is one of the most modern District General Hospitals in the UK and was first commissioned in 1985.

The new phase of the hospital was commissioned in 1993 and was opened by The Princess Royal that summer, gaining NHS Trust status in 1994.
The hospital was named after Queen Margaret in the 900th anniversary of her death.
The hospital was the first Design and Build project of its size in the NHS in the UK.

Queen Margaret Hospital was born out of the restructuring of all of the acute and much of the long stay services in the Dunfermline area onto one site.
Hence, Queen Margaret Hospital replaced Milesmark Hospital, Dunfermline and West Fife, and Dunfermline Maternity Hospitals which together formed the Dunfermline Acute Unit.

Following National reconfiguration of NHS Trusts on 1 April 1999, Queen Margaret Hospital was amalgamated with Victoria Hospital and Forth Park Maternity Hospital in Kirkcaldy to become Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
The hospital provides a wide range of health care services including general medicine, haematology, psychiatric, geriatric assessment/rehabilitation, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, radiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, urology, orthodontics, paediatric surgery and oral and maxillo-facial surgery.

The modern out-patient department facilities include 18 general consulting rooms and consulting suites.

Equipment employing the latest technology has been installed throughout the hospital. The accident and emergency department provides a Fife wide service with enhanced CT Scanning. The hospital also boasts eight operating theatres, an enhanced high dependency unit and coronary care.

A much needed Palliative care service which provides in-patient and day care facilities is provided within a nine bed hospice in hospital unit. The Hospital has 4 Day Hospitals providing services for Elderly, Psychogeriatric and Acute Psychiatric patients. Three of these are located within the hospital itself, the fourth being situated in the village of Townhill, on the outskirts of Dunfermline.

Shops & Facilities
The main concourse has a range of retail outlets for the convenience of staff, patients and visitors. These include:

The Earl Grey Coffee Shop
The coffee shop provides a range of food ranging from snacks to a hot lunch. A seating area within the cafe and main hospital foyer provides seating at tables for approximately 30 people.
The hours of opening are 7.30 am -9 00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10,00 am - 9.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Newsagents at Queen Margaret Hospital operated by McColls
This shop sells a range of products including National Lottery Tickets, sweets, drinks, sandwiches, newspapers, magazines, convenience foods and a small range of toiletries. The newsagents also supply a trolley service to wards and departments throughout the hospital seven days per week. The hours of opening are 7.30 am - 8.30 pm Monday to Friday, 8.00 am - 8.30 pm Saturday and 8.00 am - 8.00 pm Sunday.

The WRVS Gift Shop
This shop sells a number of products including flowers, cuddly toys, cards and small gift items. The shop is run by the WRVS organisation which also supports the hospital in a range of activities on a voluntary basis. The shop opening hours are 10.00 am - 4.00 pm and 6 00 pm - 8.00 pm Monday to Friday and 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Bank of Scotland Autoteller
A Bank of Scotland Autoteller is located in the main entrance concourse. This machine provides services for cardholders within the Link network. Bank of Scotland currently don`t charge users a transaction fee.

The WRVS Teabar
Situated adjacent to the Phase I entrance this facility sells coffee/tea, soft drinks and a range of small snacks and confectionery. Staffed by volunteers its opening hours are 9.00 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Friday.

Friends of Queen Margaret Hospital
Attend provides support to staff and patients within Queen Margaret Hospital.
Their main role is fund-raising to provide additional amenities for patients within the hospital.

In addition they provide practical support within Ward 21 where they serve morning and afternoon tea to patients and in Ward 17 where they provide assistance with patient activities. They meet on the second Monday of every month at 10 30 am. in the Education Centre, Queen Margaret Hospital. 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN
Tel No: 0845 450 0285

Womens Royal Voluntary Service
The WRVS provides a service to the hospital through the provision of a teabar and tea trolley. The teabar which is located in Phase I is open from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and is fully staffed by volunteers. The tea trolley visits the outpatients department every morning to provide refreshments to patients and staff. Volunteers are always required and should contact - Fay Brown - Telephone Number - 01383 722989

British Red Cross
The volunteers from the British Red Cross provide therapeutic massage to patients within the hospital. They are specially trained to provide head, shoulder or hand massage which is often beneficial to patients. If you would like to train as a volunteer please contact -Mary Kinninmonth - Telephone Number - 01592 260252 during office hours.

Radio West Fife
Based at Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline, Radio West Fife provides a local radio service to patients throughout Queen Margaret Hospital. They broadcast a variety of shows including a live broadcast from Dunfermline Athletic Football Ground. They will play requests for patients and staff which should be placed in the request box at main reception.
If you would like to contact them please call - Brenda Burnett - Telephone Number - 01383 730868

Chaplain`s Volunteers
The Chaplain`s volunteers assist patients to attend the weekly service held in the hospital chapel. They also help with flower arranging, playing the piano and arrangements for special services.

Please contact - Reverend Isobel Whyte - Telephone Number- 01383 623623 x 4136 for further information.

All the Best for the Festive Season .. Jim

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