Published: Monday, February 15th, 2016

Golden Jubilee celebrates half a million procedure patients


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today visited the Golden Jubilee National Hospital to mark the 500,000th procedure carried out by the centre.


During the visit, the First Minister met 73 year-old Robert Gibson who underwent a triple heart bypass and was the hospital’s half a millionth procedure patient.


Launched on 27 June 2002 as Scotland’s flagship hospital for reducing waiting times, the Golden Jubilee is a national resource treating over 30,000 elective patients each year.


It is also the home of regional and national heart and lung services, a major centre for orthopaedics and one of the largest providers of cataract surgery in Scotland.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am delighted to be here today to help celebrate this milestone, to thank all of the hardworking staff and meet Robert Gibson, the 500,000th patient treated here. Robert really is an inspiration.


“The Golden Jubilee is a valuable national resource and at the end of last year we announced that this model of healthcare is to be rolled out across the country, with six new elective centres backed by £200 million of Scottish Government funding.


“I look forward to seeing hundreds of thousands more patients benefit from the exceptional care at the Golden Jubilee and at these new state-of-the-art centres.”


Robert, who still works part-time as an engineer, doesn’t smoke or drink and is an example of why it is important to look out for any potential health issues.


Robert said: “I first realised I had a heart condition when I felt a pain in the side of my chest after walking a mile and a half to collect my car which had been in the garage for repair.


“After visiting my GP I was referred to the Golden Jubilee where it was recommended that I should undergo a triple heart bypass.


“If I had not walked to the garage that day I would not have known I had a condition and at that time I was working up to 14 hours some days. The pain went after a few seconds but I could tell straight away that it wasn’t right. Since the operation I have had a new lease of life, there is no two ways about it. I was only off work for the six weeks recommended by the doctors and I was fortunate enough to be up and about shortly after my operation.


“I was absolutely delighted with the level of care I received at the Golden Jubilee the operation could not have gone any better.”


Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee, said: “As a centre of excellence in heart and lung disease, orthopaedics and ophthalmology and recognised internationally as a champion of healthcare innovation, it is a real achievement for the Golden Jubilee to have now treated over half a million patients.


“I am delighted we have reached this wonderful milestone and I am determined that our next 500,000 patients will receive the same safe, effective and person-centred care that we have become renowned for.”


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