Published: Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Quality, research, innovation




Quality vision


As part of our ongoing Board Strategy, we have agreed a vision statement, ‘Leading quality, research and innovation for NHSScotland’, which sums up who we are, what we do, and where we want to be over the next few years.


Delivering a quality service comes from the values we all work to uphold.  Our organisational values set out the values we work to and how we should behave to our patients, our hotel guest, our visitors – and to each other. Supporting these values – and more importantly, demonstrating them in everything we do and say, helps us provide a caring, personal and quality service for our patients, visitors and guests .


Our values are:


Valuing dignity and respect

A ‘can do’ attitude

Leading commitment to quality

Understanding our responsibilities

Effectively working together




Hosting and carrying out research is one way we make sure we continue to provide the best service we can in the years ahead.  We were delighted to share our current and future research activity during a recent visit by Professor Andrew Morris, the Chief Scientist forScotland.


Over the past 10 years we have continued to develop and enhance our research work and in 2011 we opened the Beardmore Centre forHealth Science, a purpose-built base for all of our research activity. We currently have nine drug trials, 18 device studies and 76 clinical trials going on across a range of specialties including advanced heart failure, anaesthetics, interventional cardiology and orthopaedics.


One exciting piece of research under way is the delayed stenting trial we are carrying out with theUniversityofGlasgow.  The trial covers patients experiencing a STEMI (ST elevated myocardial infarction) heart attack. Our study, reported recently to theAmericanCollegeof Cardiology, suggests that waiting for a period of time before putting in a stent in high-risk patients may improve their clinical outcomes. Find out more…


Another important area uses heart imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – an emerging new technology that provides excellent image quality and is safe since there is no x-ray radiation exposure. MRI has emerging potential for guiding treatment without the need for an invasive angiogram, which we believe could be beneficial to patients and cost saving to the NHS.


Recently, delegates attending the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) Annual Meeting here heard how the FAME studies, which have been a major focus in the Golden Jubilee in recent years, place the emphasis on optimising patient care based on coronary pressure measurement rather than subjective visual assessment of the coronary angiogram. Find out more…


It is impressive to see all of our research studies coming to fruition and be able to share with you the benefits that they bring. I will be sure to keep you posted on other developments in future blogs.




Whilst no one likes coming into hospital, we want our patients to have the best experience possible during their time with us – and that’s where our innovations play a very important role.


Patients should not have to travel here unnecessarily, or spend any more time with us than they need to, so our orthopaedic patients can have all their tests carried out during one pre-assessment visit. Our telehealth programme means we can carry out follow up appointments for patients from Orkney via a remote link to their local hospital – saving them from having to travel when it’s not essential to do so.


Our latest innovation to help patients will be completed shortly when we complete the roll out of free WiFi across all patient/public areas with the exception of our Intensive Care and High Dependency units. We’re delighted to be able to do this because it means that patients and visitors will be able to easily access a range of information and entertainment on their own mobile devices – helping them have a more relaxed and positive stay with us.


Quality, research and innovation may be our new vision, but it is something that we actively do every day – and we will continue to do so as we work towards our 2020 vision.

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