Queen Margaret Hospital Hospice, VHK
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 (see separate Community Hospital section).
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 ways in which we may 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 those 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, Dietician and Pharmacist who have all had specialist training. The Hospital Chaplain provides support to Hospice patients. A team of trained volunteers with skills such as hairdressing and beauty therapy are also available. Complementary Therapies are also available. The Hospice also has nursing students who, with your permission, may participate in your care.
People 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. the Nurses 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 electric profiling bed, recliner chair, television with DVD player and WiFi.
The Victoria Hospice is surroundded by a beautifully landscaped and senory garden. Each roomhas patio doors leading out to the garden. Outdoor furniture is provided for use when the weather is nice.
The Hospice Unit in Ward 16 does not currently have direct access to a garden area, however, a ground floor garden area is planned.
The Hospices both have a Quiet Room and small kitchen areas for the use of both patients and families. You are welcome to use this room at any time. 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.
Hospital meals offer a wide range of choices and catering staff are always willing to discuss alternative options available with you. We always have a range of snacks and soup which can be made for you outwith normal meal times. Relatives may bring in a particular favourite food in for you.
What about mealtimes?
Hospital meals offer a wide range of choices and catering staff are always willing to discuss alternative options available. The Hospices always have a range of snacks and soup which can be made outwith normal meal times. 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 2 pm - 8 pm. Patient's rest period is between 1 pm and 2 pm. It might be necessary for staff to have time with patients during these hours and it is also advisable to allow for occasional rest periods. If you need to visit outwith these times, please speak with the nursing staff.
Facilities are available for relatives to stay overnight if necessary.
Hospice In-patient Units
Ward 16 - Queen Margaret Hospital