Published: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Chair blog: scoping the future
As we have evolved in our role as Scotland's flagship hospital, there have been some incredible changes at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital since joining the NHS in 2002. None more so than the major service merger which took place in 2008, when we established our heart and lung service, providing regional and national care for the NHS in Scotland.
As the only site in Scotland to offer heart transplantation, every day we see the amazing impact that this can have for patients and their families. However, as part of our vision to lead quality, research and innovation for NHSScotland, we are constantly looking for new ways to further benefit our patients and offer the most comprehensive standard of care possible.
Following extensive discussions with healthcare professionals around the country and government colleagues, we have agreed to undertake a scoping exercise to assess the implications, feasibility – and the potential benefit to patients and families – of developing a lung transplantation service at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
In recent years, the number of Scottish patients requiring lung transplants has gradually increased, with 20 individuals having to travel to Newcastle in the last 12 months alone. By 2020, it is anticipated this figure will rise to approximately 26 every year.
Part of this scoping exercise will be to analyse the existing synergies which already exist at the Golden Jubilee which could potentially be used to support and complement a new lung transplant unit for Scotland.
We currently have an extensive and specialised multidisciplinary team, including the recent appointment of a consultant with over two years experience working in busy lung transplant units in both the UK and America, who could be well placed to meet the needs of patients requiring transplantation. This combined with our heart transplant service, expertise in thoracic surgery and critical care and our Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) programmes also allow the potential for lung transplantation at the Golden Jubilee.
This is a potentially very exciting time for not just everyone at the Golden Jubilee, but NHSScotland as a whole, and we look forward to sharing our findings in the coming months.