Published: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

National hospital expands to meet NHSScotland demand



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The Golden Jubilee National Hospital today announced that it will be expanding its specialist orthopaedic service and ophthalmology service to treat more Scottish patients than ever before.


The orthopaedic service, which is currently undertaking 15% of all hip and knee replacements in Scotland, will now be carrying out the equivalent of a further 300 hip and knee replacements every year.


June Rogers, Director of Operations at the Golden Jubilee, commented: ”Since 2003, our orthopaedic team has grown substantially from undertaking 30 operations a month to approximately 300 a month. This further expansion solidifies us as the Scottish centre of excellence for orthopaedics.


“We have a highly skilled team with a ‘can do attitude’ who are dedicated to providing an innovative service and using the latest research and techniques. So not only are we treating more patients than ever before but we are specialising in more complex and revision work too.”


Expansion of the service is the latest in a long line of developments and innovations from the hospital’s pioneering orthopaedic team.

  • Introduced Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, enabling joints to be implanted with pin-point precision, ensuring a better recovery for patients.
  • Pioneered ‘Enhanced Recovery’ for patients undergoing hip and/or knee replacements, allowing them to be mobile on the same day as their surgery, and creating the lowest length of stay for these procedures. This is now being rolled out acrossScotland.
  • Developed a Telehealth/Video link for patients requiring orthopaedic follow-up. Successfully piloted with NHS Orkney as a safe and effective alternative to face-to-face consultation, the system saves patients from making trips toGlasgowand reduces travel costs for NHS Orkney.
  • Orthopaedic medical students, trainee doctors and clinicians are benefitting from innovative training which enables them to practice surgical and regional anaesthesia techniques on 3D models and animations. In the future, it could also be used to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, through seeing a visual representation of what their treatment will involve.

In addition to the extra orthopaedic work that will be undertaken, the Golden Jubilee also announced that they will also be expanding their Ophthalmology service.


The Ophthalmology team currently perform 1400 operations (mostly cataracts) a year to support NHSScotland. This year, due to demand across the country, the Golden Jubilee will be doubling that commitment, the total of which will represent approximately 10% of all cataract operations undertaken in NHSScotland.  


Jill Young, the Golden Jubilee’s Chief Executive, added: “There is clearly a demand for more orthopaedic and ophthalmology operations across the country, and as a national resource for NHSScotland, we are delighted to be able to provide these additional services.


“The Golden Jubilee is widely recognised for providing high quality care, treatment and services to our patients, in the right way at the right time. We are delighted that more patients will benefit from our specialists going forward.”


The Scottish Government has invested £1.7M to support the expansion at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

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