Published: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Chair blog: serving the nation




The world of modern healthcare is constantly changing and with a population who are living healthier, longer lives, it is essential that health services continue to find new ways to improve our services for patients, and to develop new partnerships and ways of working with other organisations to help expand the experience and diversity of our workforce.


The Golden Jubilee is leading the way in providing high quality, safe, person centred, and innovative, services for patients across Scotland. The hospital has continued to expand every year since its creation and has just had its busiest and most successful year on record: exceeding targets across our services and treating more patients than ever before.


Throughout 2015/16, we carried out a total of 36,015 elective inpatient, day case and diagnostic imaging procedures: that's 12.5% more patients who have been helped through orthopaedics, cataract operations, plastic surgery, endoscopy or diagnostic imaging.


On top of this, we carried out (approximately) 9,500 cardiothoracic and cardiology procedures – both planned and emergency – to meet the Treatment Time Guarantee.


Some of our other highlights from the last 12 months include:

 15.5% increase in day-case and inpatient activities;
 11% increase in diagnostic imaging activity;
 18% increase in Orthopaedic activity – over 5,000 procedures making the Golden Jubilee, one of the biggest elective Arthroplasty centres in Europe;
 22% increase in Ophthalmology activity – over 5,000 procedures, ensuring the Golden Jubilee remains one of the busiest ophthalmic units in the UK;
 All patients met the Treatment Time Guarantee; and
 Increased use of outreach clinics and telehealth for rural Orthopaedic and Ophthalmology patients, reducing the need for patients to travel.
Whilst this year has been our busiest yet, the hospital is continuing to expand to provide even more procedures for patients across Scotland.


This week it was announced that a further £5 million is being invested in the Golden Jubilee as part of the Capital Acceleration Programme.


This investment brings forward elements of the planned expansion of the Golden Jubilee, which was announced as part of the NHS Elective Centres Project last year.


The £5m will allow the Golden Jubilee to invest in:

• building prototype ophthalmology theatres and outpatient clinics to pioneer new models of care, which will treat more patients every year;
• two state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines (one with cardiac capability), providing an additional 10,000 procedures a year;
• establishing a dedicated general surgery service, providing up to 2,100 procedures a year, increasing quality and continuity of care for patients and their families.


While patients will be the primary beneficiary of this development, it will also have a positive impact on the local economy through job creation and increased purchase of goods and services.


The next few years will be very busy as we expand our services, but we are very much looking forward to delivering these enhanced services for the patients of Scotland.


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