Published: Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Record number of patients treated at Golden Jubilee




Scotland’s national hospital has had its busiest and most successful year to date, exceeding targets across all services to treat more patients than ever before.


The Golden Jubilee National Hospital carried out a total of 36,015 elective inpatient, day case and diagnostic imaging procedures in 2015/16 - 12.5% more than in the previous year.


This means that more patients across Scotland benefited from hip and knee replacements, cataract operations, general surgery, plastic surgery, endoscopy and diagnostic imaging. In addition, the Golden Jubilee carried out approximately 9,500 cardiothoracic and cardiology procedures – both planned and emergency - to meet the Treatment Time Guarantee last year.


Key highlights from 2015/16:


  • 15.5% increase in day case and inpatient activities;
  • 11% increase in diagnostic imaging activity;
  • 18% increase in Orthopaedic activity – over 5,000 procedures making the Golden Jubilee, one of the biggest elective Arthroplasty centres in Europe;
  • 22% increase in Ophthalmology activity – over 5,000 procedures, ensuring the Golden Jubilee  remains one of the busiest ophthalmic units in the UK;
  • All patients met the Treatment Time Guarantee; and
  • Increased use of outreach clinics and telehealth for rural Orthopaedic and Ophthalmology patients, reducing the need for patients to travel.

Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee Foundation – the NHS Board which runs the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “As a centre of excellence in orthopaedics, ophthalmology and heart and lung services, the Golden Jubilee is delighted to have continued to expand our services again in 2015/16, and we are proud to be making a real difference to the lives of so many people across the country.


“We have carried out over 500,000 procedures since 2002 and this past year has been our busiest yet, with more innovations and developments being delivered to benefit patients across all of our services, meeting our vision of leading quality, research and innovation.


“We couldn’t have achieved this without our staff, whose hard work and dedication to providing the highest possible standard of care for everyone who walks through our doors.


“As we expand our services to meet the increasing demand for elective procedures over the next ten years, the Golden Jubilee Foundation will deliver a world-class standard of safe and effective care to more patients than ever before.”


Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “It is very promising to see the Golden Jubilee National Hospital continue to expand and treat more patients than ever before.


“Across our NHS, more patients are being treated and waiting times remain amongst their lowest levels. The good work under way by staff at the Golden Jubilee is contributing towards this success.


“However, with an aging population we know the NHS in Scotland is facing different challenges to a decade ago. This is why this government has committed £200 million to create five new elective and diagnostic centres across the country, as well as expand the excellent services at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.


“These centres, which will carry out procedures like hip, knee and cataract operations, will allow people to be treated more quickly for planned surgery. This will help the NHS continue to meet increasing demand from a growing elderly population, taking pressure off unplanned and emergency treatment.”

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