Published: Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Celebrating 10 years of excellence
Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, visited the Golden Jubilee National Hospital today (Monday 18 June 2012) to officially launch our 10th anniversary celebrations.
Created on 27 June 2002 as Scotland’s flagship hospital for reducing patient waiting, the Golden Jubilee has gone from performing 3,000 procedures per year to over 30,000 procedures per year.
Ten years later, the Golden Jubilee is a national resource for NHSScotland and a major centre for regional/national heart and lung services, orthopaedics and other key specialties.
Ms Sturgeon commented: “The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is a unique facility that has gone from strength to strength. The clinicians and staff at the hospital are pioneers who, through their research collaborations, continue to develop innovative treatments and solutions that enhance the hospital experience for Scottish patients.”
Key recent achievements include:
- Undertaking a fifth of all Scottish hip and knee replacements and 45% across the West of Scotland.
- Performing Scottish ‘firsts’ – such as replacing a patient’s heart valve through a vein in his leg (avoiding the need for open heart surgery) and implanting Ventricular Assist Devices (artificial hearts) into patients with advanced heart failure.
- Having the best ‘door to balloon’ time (from diagnosis to treatment) for heart attack patients with blocked arteries and being the busiest thoracic (lung) centre in the UK.
- Providing a service valued by our patients (99% of patients surveyed told us that they trust us with their care) and providing an inclusive workplace for our staff (we were named the top Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI) for two years in a row).
- Pioneering the ‘Enhanced Recovery’ technique for patients undergoing hip and/or knee replacements (allowing them to be mobile on the same day as their surgery and giving us the lowest length of stay for this group of patients).
- Developing IT solutions to help clinicians share information faster and easier than ever before.
Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “As a national resource for the NHS in Scotland, we pride ourselves on delivering a service that is safe, effective and person-centred and are pleased to have a reputation as a centre of excellence that leads the way in new clinical developments and technologies that will benefit patients across Scotland.
“Looking back over the past 10 years, we are extremely proud of how far we have come in a short space of time. All of this has been possible thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers and the Cabinet Secretary’s visit today is recognition of that.
“This year we are celebrating all of our achievements over the past 10 years, but more importantly, we are looking to the future and what we may achieve for patients in the next 10 years.”