Published: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Chair blog: Our research in motion
Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at the Golden Jubilee.
A crucial part of our Board Vision, we are constantly striving to find new ways to improve patient care, from the smallest change to a process, to breaking ground on new treatments and devices for our patients.
In this month's Chair Blog, I want to talk about our brand new, state-of-the-art Motion Analysis Laboratory and how this has the potential to change the way thousands of people are treated across the country.
Using advanced 3D technology with infrared digital cameras and force plates in the floor, the Lab generates detailed virtual mechanical models of a patient, providing dramatically improved measurement and analysis.
Straight out of Hollywood, the system uses the same technology as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. It allows our team to see exactly where load is impacting on our orthopaedic patient's joints and the effect this is having on their ability to move or walk.
The facility was unveiled by Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, when she became the first individual to use the facility, being taken through the patient experience herself, being filmed and recorded.
This is a major shift in how patients can be assessed at our Foundation. More accurate diagnosis of issues in motion or gait allows us to explore a whole new world of orthopaedic research and study the effects of rehabilitation and therapy long term.
How do we plan to do this? It is not an overnight fix and will involve a huge amount of work from our team, starting with our Healthy Volunteers Study. This aims to build a comprehensive database of typical 'healthy' walking and movement patterns from people of all ages, heights, weights, genders, who have no pain when they walk.
This is a very ambitious project which will allow us to compare the effectiveness of different implants, procedures, rehab approaches and can even have far reaching benefits for people with spinal injuries, neuromuscular problems, prosthetic limbs and cerebral palsy.
We know that sometimes coming to hospital, especially if you are travelling from afar, can be an intimidating prospect and there are always going to be nerves about how your life will be changed after surgery. That is why we are committed to finding ways to improve outcomes and get you back to normal as quickly as possible, from our Enhanced Recovery Programme that gets you out of bed on the day of surgery, to our use of Computer Assisted Surgery.
The addition of the Motion Analysis Lab is a very exciting development, and will allow us to not only carry out more research and innovations than ever before, but provide our patients with accurate, visual, evidence and reassurance of their development throughout their journey at the Golden Jubilee.