Published: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Chair blog: New year, new blog…it’s all about technology!
Hello and a warm welcome to the first of my new monthly blogs. I hope that this monthly blether will help keep you in touch with what’s going on at the Golden Jubilee and Beardmore.
Before I go any further, I don’t think it is too late to send you good wishes that 2012 is a great year for you and yours.
This January sees the end of my first year as Board Chair. It has been a busy year and that is set to continue in 2012 as we celebrate our 10th anniversary as a unique and special national resource for the NHS in Scotland.
For 10 years, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has always been at the forefront of innovation. This continued in 2011 when we had our first Ventricular Assist Device implant (also known as mechanical heart) on the back of our National Advanced Heart Failure Strategy. We also provided Ernest Donnelly of Greenock with Scotland’s first Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement (TPVR) - a heart valve replacement through a leg vein rather than traditional surgery.
After several years of piloting enhanced recovery for hip and knee replacement patients, last year we led the way in introducing this unique programme across Scotland. For those who are not familiar with the concept, the programme allows patients to be on their feet the same day as their surgery and leads to them getting home sooner and generally being more satisfied with their surgery. Patients across Scotland are feeling the benefit and Health Boards are seeing the improvement in their patient care.
The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre which we also manage, is possibly the most advanced venue of its kind. With iMacs in the bedrooms, video links to our theatres and other clinical areas, webcasting, video conferencing.....the list is a long one and you can find out more at www.thebeardmore.com
And last year was also the year when we opened our new Beardmore Centre for Health Science offering infrastructure support to our important, and growing, research base and state of the art clinical skills facilities. I’ll talk about that some more in a future blog…
Although it is only January, we’re pleased that we have introduced more innovative ways to provide our patients with a safe, high quality service that takes account of their individual circumstances.
As a national resource for Scotland, we have patients travelling from varying distances to be treated at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. For some in more remote areas this can incur an overnight stay, and a great deal of travel expense and inconvenience for attending an outpatient appointment.
So to make life easier for our rural patients, we have now started telehealth video conferencing sessions between the Golden Jubilee and their local hospital. This means that patients still receive the continuity of care from our clinical team in a more convenient setting without the need for unnecessary travelling or overnight stays.
This service has been piloted successfully with NHS Orkney but we are currently looking at expanding this to other rural and distant patients.
Technology is always evolving and we are too. As well as the use of technology for medical purposes, we have embraced it for communicating with our patients, staff and anyone else who wants to listen or share their health experiences.
To make sure we keep in touch with you (and vice versa) we now have a Twitter account and a Facebook page. So please find us or follow us for all the up to the minute news from the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. Just press the wee buttons on the website homepage to find out more.
And there’s more…
This year we have four new non executive members on our Board and I am looking forward to working with them and having their wide ranging skills and experience contribute to the work. But before I go, let me just thank all of our staff for their hard work and congratulate them on a couple of good news stories. For the second year in a row we’re the top Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (up 58 places) and we were UK runner up in the Patient Experience Network’s national awards for our work supporting sensory impaired patients.
Well done all!