We would not suggest that you actually come here just for a scone, heaven forbid, but if you have to come here for whatever reason then it might be worth knowing if the scones are worth a try. Forth Valley Royal Hospital was opened in 2010 in Larbert as a replacement for both Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries. It covers a geographical area stretching from Tyndrum in the NW to Bo’ness in the SE and serves a population of 300,000. It’s very much a state-of-the-art facility with much of the work being done by robots … though we are assured that, if you need an operation, it will still be carried out by highly intelligent human beings … phew! Amongst the wide variety of therapies available is retail therapy … Marks & Spencer, WH Smith, Starbucks, StockShop are all present and ready to remedy your shopping cravings. We were just here visiting, and having some time to spare, we ended up here in what is imaginatively called ‘The Restaurant’. It has received a Healthy Living Award so we wondered what form a healthy scone would take? At the self service counter there is plenty of variety on offer but we by-passed all the healthy stuff and went straight for a scone which, it has to be said, did not look any different from any other. It didn’t taste much different either, but it was perfectly acceptable – nothing more or less than what you would expect in a place like this. Fortunately NHS Scotland seems able to cope much better than NHS England with the financial stresses and strains of running a modern Health Service. Although there is no mention in the media whatsoever, when you have one half of the UK getting on just fine with it’s junior doctors and the other half driving their junior doctors to take full strike action without even emergency cover, it has to say something about the governance of the ‘United’ Kingdom. Let’s hope the threatened strike by doctors south of the border gets resolved without mishap. We hope that none of you ever have to come here, but as hospitals go, Forth Valley Royal Hospital is up there with the best in the world .. and the scones aren’t too shabby either but probably not any healthier than any other.
FK5 4WR tel: 01324 566000 Forth Valley Royal Hospital