Published: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Golden Jubilee performs a fifth of all joint replacements in Scotland




It was announced today that the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is currently providing 45% of all hip and knee replacements in the west of Scotland and 20% for the country as a whole.


This was just one of the key announcements at the NHS National Waiting Times Centre's Annual Review, held today (Tuesday 8 November 2011). The review provided an opportunity for the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP, and members of the public to hear about the progress of the Board over the past year.


Speaking ahead of the review, Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: "It is important that NHSScotland continues to deliver high quality patient care, each and every time to each and every patient.


"This annual review will give myself and the public an opportunity to hear about the improvements and achievements being delivered to patients across Scotland. It will also give the public an opportunity to hold the Board to account and have their say on its performance in the past year and help shape services for the future.


"I look forward to attending the annual review and meeting with the Golden Jubilee's staff and patients. I am particularly impressed with the Waiting Times Centre's record on hip and knee surgery over the last year."


Orthopaedic success

The announcement on Orthopaedic provision follows on from a number of successes in that field. The Golden Jubilee was the first hospital in Scotland to introduce the enhanced recovery programme, enabling patients undergoing hip and knee replacement to be on their feet on the same day of surgery. This led to the hospital having the lowest length of stay for joint replacement patients and Golden Jubilee staff are now helping to implement this innovative approach to patient recovery across the rest of NHSScotland.


The Golden Jubilee's team also pioneered Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) – a state-of-the-art technique, or navigation system – that increases the surgeon's precise positioning of an implant right down to the last millimetre.


On today's announcement of the figures, Jill Young, Chief Executive of the NHS Board, said: "I am delighted that our Orthopaedic programme continues to go from strength to strength. Not only are we undertaking more joints than any other hospital in Scotland, but we are specialising in more complex work that can only benefit the many patients who require this type of surgery.


"Our positive multi-disciplinary team approach is the key element of our successes to date. This continued in 2010/11, when we helped treat 1,000 orthopaedic patients from NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Using a 'see and treat' model of care resulted in reduced wait times, a high level of patient satisfaction, and a significant reduction in duplication of administrative processing.


"This is a model of care that we are continuing to offer and promote to our partner Boards this year. "


Other annual review key highlights


The NHS National Waiting Times Centre has:

-developed the Government approved national strategy for the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service which includes the heart transplant service;-met our waiting time targets for all  heart and lung patients ;-exceeded the activity target by 7.5%, performing over 23,000 procedures in non heart and lung key specialties, including inpatient, day case procedures and diagnostic examinations,-initiated a  rural outreach service in Orkney to deliver Ophthalmology outpatient clinics and carry out theatre procedures;-increased research projects and alo


Date of release: Tuesday 8 November 2011


Document: pr080811.pdf


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