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Chair blog: growth and development

Wed, Mar 04, 2015

This month, I want to write about the incredible growth and development we have had at the Golden Jubilee since becoming a part of the NHS in Scotland back in 2002.

Originally asked to reduce waiting times and support patients in need of dedicated elective procedures, we have changed dramatically over the past 13 years.

In 2008, we became the home of dedicated national and regional heart and lung services, bringing surgery, cardiology and diagnostics under one roof to develop and provide a consistent, world-class, heart and lung centre for Scotland.

Since then, we have helped to give thousands of people all across Scotland a better quality of life. In 2006/07 our heart and lung services treated 1,850 people; fast forward to 2013/14 and over 10,000 people have benefited from them. When we look closer, our activity for Diagnostic and interventional Cardiology has increased by 378%, our Cardiothoracic surgery has increase by 711% and the number of Heart Transplant operations carried out has more than tripled.

Over the past several years, we have established ourselves as one of the largest specialist and elective orthopaedic centres in Europe; continuously improving and expanding our services, leading ground breaking research into Computer Assisted Navigation for Hip Arthroplasty, and recently carrying out our first Ankle Replacement procedures. We now carry out 25% of all hip and knee replacements for NHSScotland, an increase of 114% since 2006/07. And in late February, it was announced that we will be taking on an additional 300 procedures every year, taking our annual total up to 4,500: meaning we can make a positive impact on the lives of more people than ever before.

Our Ophthalmology service, established in 2007, has continued to evolve as a specialist provider of high volume cataract surgery. Recently expanding to undertake 4,000 outpatient appointments and carrying out at least 12% of cataract operations, helping 2,800 every year. As one of the largest ophthalmic centres in Scotland, our pioneering team also provide outreach services to rural areas in the Highlands and island of Orkney.

We are also delighted with the progress of our Award Winning Diagnostic Imaging team, carrying out MRI, CT, Bone Densitometry, Ultrasound and DEXA scanning, increasing our activity by 9% since 2006/07. During this time, these facilities, along with our four Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories, not only allowed us to diagnose and treat specialist, complex conditions, but have been used to lead the way in ground breaking research and clinical trials for the benefit of, not only our patients, but for the NHS as a whole.

None of this – not one single additional procedure or improvement in care – would have been at all possible without the collective effort of our brilliant team of staff across all disciplines and the views, input and efforts of our patients, their relatives and out marvellous volunteers.

We are very proud of our expansion over this relatively short period of time,. But expanding services only works for patients if we remain focussed on consistently delivering the highest possible level of quality and person centred care. With that in mind, the most recent figures show 100% of our inpatient and day-case patients were treated within the 12 week treatment time guarantee. 100% of patients are also waiting less than 12-weeks for their first outpatient consultation with 100% of patients being seen and treated after initial referral within 18 weeks.

There’s more. We have consistently achieved our 31 day HEAT treatment standard of 31 days for all cancer patients under our care. On average, our patients wait just 13 days, with the maximum wait from the “decision to treat” date being 30 days. Going forward, we will continue to work with referring Boards to meet the 62 day standard, and help more patients beat this life changing disease.

As a proud and integral part of NHSScotland, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve our services to make sure we are helping as many patients across Scotland as possible. As we prepare for a further expansion, this will be more important than ever before as we continue to lead quality, research and innovation on behalf of the NHS in Scotland.

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