Published: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Chair blog: we're expanding...again!



Since 2002 when we became part of the NHS in Scotland we have been committed to delivering a national service that both meets the needs of patients across Scotland and innovates to improve the health and quality of each patient who comes through our doors. So this month I am delighted to tell you all that we will once again be expanding our Orthopaedic service in direct response to patients’ need across the country.

This latest expansion, which comes just one year after we increased our orthopaedic capacity to accommodate 25% of all hip and knee replacements in Scotland, means we will be able to carry out 300 more primary joint replacements every year; ensuring that we are helping more than 4,500 patients live healthier, more active lives, quicker than ever before.

We are extremely proud of the growth in our Orthopaedic Department since it was set up in 2003 and carrying out more than 22,000 procedures in the first 10 years of service. And we are extremely proud of the talented and committed health care team who work and deliver quality care every single day.

We have always been committed to using the latest techniques and spearheading research to help improve patient experience, outcomes and quality of life after surgery.

This was demonstrated when we became the flagship hospital of the “Caledonian Technique”, our advanced recovery programme which gets patients out of bed on the day of surgery: dramatically improving outcomes and reducing hospital stays. This programme has since been rolled out to other health Boards, and has made a direct improvement in orthopaedic care throughout the NHS.

We have also helped pave the way in pioneering new technologies, leading a study which revealed Computer Assisted Navigation could improve accuracy in Total Hip Arthroplasty Procedures by more than 20 per cent of patients: dramatically reducing the risk of complications for patients in later life.

We continued to branch out and find new ways to help people, when just last year we carried out our first Total Ankle Replacement Procedures; giving us the ability to perform even more complex procedures and reducing the need for Ankle Fusion, which can be traumatic and reduce mobility for individuals suffering from arthritis.

While these are just a few examples of the incredible work our team carry out on a daily basis at the Golden Jubilee, we are also committed to ensuring that best practice is shared throughout Scotland and the UK. So we are doing everything we can to ensure that the highest standard of education possible is made available for clinicians and health care staff at the beginning of their careers and that those with more experience are able to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. That is why, on Friday 15 May, we will once again be hosting the Advanced Arthroplasty Course, focusing on the theme of the Art of Arthroplasty and featuring speakers and delegates from across the UK and Europe.

Patients are at the core of everything we do at the Golden Jubilee, and with this latest expansion we will continue to find new and exciting ways to get you back on your feet and living a normally and actively quicker than ever before.

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