Fife Orthopaedic Centre topped out

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An important milestone has been reached in the construction of the new elective orthopaedic centre at the Victoria Hospital, with a topping out ceremony marking the completion of the highest point of the build.

Work commenced on the construction in March 2021, with the facility forming part of the network of National Treatment Centres across Scotland. The £33m project will see the creation of a state-of-the-art facility hosting 3 operating theatres, a supporting inpatient ward and associated outpatient facilities.

The new orthopaedic National Treatment Centre is the largest capital project that NHS Fife has undertaken since the opening of the new wing of the Victoria Hospital in 2012 and remains on course for completion later this year.

The frame of the construction has now been completed and work continues to clad the exterior to make the build watertight and enable the interior fittings and first-fix electrical works to commence.

Head of Capital Planning and Project Director for the Orthopaedic Centre, Ben Johnston, said:

“We continue to make fantastic progress on the new Centre and I’m really pleased to see us reach this important milestone in the project.

“The topping out of the build marks the stage where can begin to really ramp up our efforts on the interior of the building. Although the interior works are in their earliest stages, already we can see areas really taking shape and I remain very confident that, when completed later this year, the facility will provide state-of-the-art environment for our orthopaedic team to deliver an excellent standard of care for patients in Fife.”

Following the topping out ceremony and a tour of the build, Chief Executive, Carol Potter, said:

“It was hugely exciting to visit the site and I’m delighted to have been able to see first-hand the progress that has been made on such an important project.

“The demand for orthopaedic procedures in Fife continues to increase, as it has done for some time and will continue to do so in the years and decades to come. We are incredibly fortunate here in Fife to have one of the most innovative and forward-thinking orthopaedic teams in the country and this new Centre will help us both in our efforts to meet that demand, and deliver care in a new, modern, state-of-the-art facility for the benefit of patients.”

For more information on the construction of the new Orthopaedic National Treatment Centre in Fife, visit:

Picture: Topping out ceremony

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