Published: Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Chair blog: another year of progress
This past week, we held our Annual Review. This gave the public, patients, staff and our Government colleagues the opportunity to find out more about our accomplishments during 2016/17, and also put any questions they had to our Board.
Chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, the day highlighted some of our great accomplishments and looked to the future as we continue our work to expand for the NHS in Scotland.
Here are just a few of the milestones over the last year:
- Our consultants saw 25,101 new Outpatients, helping Boards across Scotland see patients in a timely manner.
- Our Imaging Department continued to surpass expectations, undertaking 13.2% more tests than planned (25,948 procedures completed).
- We treated 12% more patients on an inpatient/day case basis than in 2015/16, carrying out 14,981 procedures across our Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Endoscopy and Plastic Surgery services.
- All cancer patients were treated within 31 days, meeting the waiting times target in every month.
- We exceeded our target of 11 heart transplants, undertaking 15 transplants during the year.
- We continue to be the largest volume Interventional Cardiology Centre in the UK.
- Our new direct NSTEMI programme admits heart attack patients with the highest risk scores directly to the Golden Jubilee, providing quicker access to specialist treatment and saving almost 1,000 bed days in local hospitals during the first year.
- 40 new research projects were approved on topics ranging from 4D imaging of knee implants to understanding non-small cell lung cancer.
- We provided almost 8,700 bedroom nights for patients and their families in the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, facilitating easier access to care and enabling our patients to have those they care for near them.
Our Annual Review also gave us a chance to showcase a UK first which dramatically improves patient care, efficiency, accuracy and frees up staff time to spend with their patients on the ward.
Our brand new KEWS300 system allows staff to take paperless, wireless, digital recordings of patients’ vital signs direct from their bedside.
The pioneering system calculates and feeds these observations into a central console on the Nursing Station, allowing easy viewing by the clinical team at any time. This provides Early Warning Scores, ensuring patients are receiving consistent, accurate and effective treatment throughout their stay, as well as earlier intervention if their condition deteriorates.
We have had another year of incredible achievements and want to thank all of our staff and patients for their support over the last year.
As we continue to roll out our expansion, putting in place the necessary facilities and infrastructure to welcome more patients than ever before, we are excited for what the future will bring.
If you want to learn more about our Annual Review, you can view a short video on our YouTube Channel.