Published: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Chair blog: looking to the future 



This week we celebrated our 15th anniversary as part of the NHS in Scotland. With that in mind, this month I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about some of the incredible achievements we have been part of during that time.


Purchased by the NHS in 2002, the Golden Jubilee was originally tasked with helping health Boards across Scotland reduce waiting ties for a variety of high priority areas. Since then we have evolved and grown substantially, increasing our activity from 3,000 procedures in year one to 47,000 in the last year, recently performing our 600,000th procedure.


During this time, we have become the home of regional and national heart and lung services, one of the busiest hip and knee replacement centres in the UK, a major centre for cataracts and become an internationally renowned champion of healthcare innovation.


Over the last 15 years, we have become:

  • a major centre for diagnostic imaging, carrying out 375,000 examinations;
  • one of the UK’s largest heart and lung centres, carrying out more than 100,000 cardiology, heart surgery and lung surgery procedures;
  • Scotland’s largest provider of cataract surgery, carrying out approximately 12% of Scotland’s procedures, 35,000* eye operations; and 
  • one of Europe’s largest elective orthopaedic centres, carrying out approximately 25% of Scotland’s hip and knee replacements, 40,000* procedures.


With a vision to lead quality, research and innovation, over the last 15 years we have been helping take research from “bench to bedside” with our team completing 150 trials across our specialities. This has included our team leading on pioneering stem cell and gene therapy trials, research into the benefits of computer assisted joint replacement and innovations in heart attack treatment and care for thousands of patients every year.


Our innovations have, literally, helped people get back on their feet quicker than ever through our Enhanced Recovery Programme, which gets patients up and moving on the day of surgery, reducing recovery time and other complications associated. This is now viewed as the gold standard of care, and we are continuing to explore how this can be rolled out across out other services. This is just one example of the way we have always operated at the Golden Jubilee, looking for those small changes that can make a world of difference to our patients, and as we look back over the last 15 years, I am very proud of our track record in providing the highest quality of care possible.


Going forward, we are in the early stages of our extensive expansion works, as part of the Scottish Government Elective Centres Programme. Over the past several years, we have repeatedly expanded our services to meet the needs for the NHS in Scotland, and this latest stage will see a physical expansion to our site, allowing us to welcome more patients for radiology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and other surgical services than ever before.


On behalf of myself, and the entire Board, I want to say Happy Birthday to the Golden Jubilee, and here’s to the next 15! 

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