Published: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

One hospital, 10 years, 3,000 to 300,000 procedures



June has been a busy month at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital – even busier than usual!  This month we kicked off our celebrations to mark  our 10th birthday as a national resource for  the NHS in Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, visited on Monday 18 June to officially launch our 10year celebrations and congratulate everyone here for not only the hard work they do every day but for a remarkable list of achievements in such a short time.


It seemed to be very fitting that we started this celebration by thanking our volunteers for their support and hard work to help us make patient care and patient services as good as they can be.  I was really pleased to join Jill Young, our Chief Executive, to present individual certificates of achievement to each of these dedicated volunteers. And it was then a real privilege to see the Cabinet Secretary present a commemorative trophy on behalf of all of our volunteers to Jack Tait, our longest serving volunteer.


We also celebrated with staff who have worked at the hospital since it became part of the NHS. The Cabinet Secretary thanked them for all their hard work over the years and for helping to make the Golden Jubilee a “national treasure”.


It was a lucky day in more ways than one because the sun shone.  So we didn’t all get soaked as we went outside to watch the Cabinet Secretary bury a time capsule which we had filled with items relating to the site’s history. We have since planted our 10 year tree on top of this and I’m looking forward to seeing that cherry tree blossom over the coming years.


This hospital is all about the patients we treat and care for.  So this week we marked our official birthday, on Wednesday 27 June, by announcing the number of procedures we have carried out for NHSScotland in our 10 years.


We are proud of how far we have come – from performing 3,000 procedures in our first year to over 30,000 this year and we estimate that by the end of March next year, we’ll have performed 300, 000 procedures since 2002.


If you break that down, it means is that we have helped NHS Boards by carrying out almost:

  • 134,000 procedures for Greater Glasgow and Clyde patients;
  • 57,000 procedures for Lanarkshire patients;
  • 34,000 procedures for Forth Valley patients;
  • 14,000 procedures for Ayrshire and Arran patients;
  • 10,000 procedures for Lothian patients; and
  • 7,000 procedures for Dumfries and Galloway patients.


No matter which part of the Board they work in, I hope all of our staff are proud of the part they have played in providing all of that patient care – and proud of the good job they do every day.


I’m very proud of this work and delighted that we have been able to make a difference to so many patients from across Scotland.


But 10 years of achievement means more than celebrating what has been done – it is also our chance to look forward to what more we can do.  Quality care, compassion, innovation and ambition to always be the best -  that’s who and what we are and I am really looking forward to seeing where the next 10 years takes us!

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