Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chair blog: a year of quality, research and innovation





We have had a fantastic 12 months at the Golden Jubilee and last week we held our 2013/2014 Annual Review.


Our Annual Review was chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP, and gave the public, our patients and staff a chance to take a look at some of our successes from the last year, as well as have their say on any areas we could improve on and tell us what they think about future opportunities for our services.


We started the day by showing a short, 10 minute video of our key highlights and achievements from the past year. You can watch this on our YouTube channel.


The full public question and answer session is also on our Youtube Channel.


On the day, we revealed that in 2013/2014 all of our patients were treated within their treatment time guarantee; we also exceeded targets across our inpatient, day case and diagnostic services by 14.7%, carrying out 26,975 procedures for patients across Scotland.


This was accompanied by a dramatic increase in activity for our Ophthalmology Department; this has gone up by 343% since 2011/2012. Our Orthopaedic service also continued to expand as one of the largest in Europe, carrying out 6,233 procedures.


We continued to excel as the home of regional and national heart and lung services for NHSScotland; the number of heart transplants have tripled over the past year, we have consistently delivered the fastest “door to balloon” time in the UK, providing life-saving Angioplasty for heart attack patients. We are also delighted that lung cancer resection rates have gone up from 10% to 15% over the last five years, making a major difference to patient outcomes and survival rates.


We always want our patients to have the best experience of our services and I’m delighted to say that in the most recent national inpatient survey, 94% of inpatients gave us a rating of between 8 and 10 out of 10 for their overall experience at the Golden Jubilee.


All this, and our infection rates remain low, we exceeded our financial targets and we continue to increase our research portfolio participating in UK and European “firsts”.


It helps that we have a culture and environment of continuous improvement, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on our team for their hard work and dedication to making this hospital the absolute best it can be, as well as all of our patients, guests and visitors for their ongoing interaction and engagement with us.


Looking ahead we hope that the Golden Jubilee can expand its services even more to benefit patients across the country. We certainly know that we are now leading innovation on behalf of NHSScotland and that is a challenge that we are currently working on with enthusiasm. By continuing to lead the way in quality, research and innovation, we will help more people than ever before and make a difference to the overall health of the nation.

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