Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy


Emergency Medicine training

The Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy is a short commute across the Queensferry Crossing from Edinburgh. The majority of trainees will rotate through VHK at some point in their training. VHK is well regarded amongst trainees as an enjoyable and friendly place to work. There is close working with the consultant body who are very supportive of trainees.

VHK ED is a busy emergency department which sees a wide range of pathology. There is a broad mix of skills- on any given shift you will share the shop floor with Foundation Doctors, GP trainees, Clinical Development Fellows, Registrars and Consultants. VHK also benefits from the support of the Frailty Team; a multi-disciplinary approach to elderly care which starts at the front door. In some cases patients may be able to have care facilitated for home from the ED, or where this is not possible care is started in the ED and continued downstream often significantly shortening patients' length of stay.

Trainees will generally rotate to Fife in ST3 or in HST. This provides ample opportunity for training. The department has an eight-bedded resus area and during your time there will be plenty of opportunity to practice core ED interventions including chest drains, DC cardioversion, managing cardiac arrests and rapid sequence inductions. There is also ultrasound available in the department and support for obtaining competencies in this area from the consultant body.

In the hospital there are wards for acute and general medical specialities. Also on site are maternity services, orthopaedics, ENT and haematology/oncology. For certain specialist areas we liaise with teams in Ninewells or Edinburgh for services such as neurosurgery, cardiothoracics and vascular surgery.

In this department you will review paediatric patients and there is also on site paediatric children's ward.


Staff contacts

  • Clinical Director - Dr Julie Thomson -

  • Consultant responsible for junior medical staffing - Dr Melvin Carew -