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NHS Board highlights achievements at public forum

At its public Annual Review meeting today (Thursday 23 August 2007), the NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board team, led by Dr Lindsay Burley (Chair), highlighted the achievements of the Board over the past year.

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s individual specialty activity performance shows how the facility is helping NHSScotland improve waiting times for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment for patients from all over Scotland. 

By April this year, the hospital had performed over 100,000 procedures since purchase by the NHS in Scotland.

Key statistics from 2006/07

  • We outperformed our target of delivering 30,740 procedures by 4% (31,912), and 11% more than the previous year.
  • Increases from last year include endoscopies by 78%, general surgery by 47%, and ophthalmology by 25%.
  • In ophthalmology, we carried out 11% of all cataract operations undertaken by NHSScotland.  This also equates to around 25% of all cataract operations undertaken by West of Scotland hospitals.
  • We carried out 11% of all hip and knee replacement operations undertaken by NHSScotland. This equates to 30% of hip/knee joint replacement operations undertaken by West of Scotland hospitals.

Other highlights

  • We have a 90% patient satisfaction rate.
  • Continuing our good record of no hospital acquired MRSA or Clostridium Difficile.
  • Achieving our financial and efficiency targets.
  • Our Infection Control team won the Nursing Times award for their ‘Post Discharge Surveillance’ telephone service.
  • Involving patients in our groups and committees to ensure we have public representation in everything we do.
  • 99% of our staff have been assimilated on to Agenda for Change – the new pay and grading structure for the NHS.

The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, also part of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre, has also evolved over the last year. The facility is now a national NHS and public sector conference and training facility providing best value to colleagues, while still catering for the needs of the local community.

The Chair of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board, Dr Lindsay Burley, commented: “Last year we continued to treat and care for more patients than ever before. We offer patients’ choice, reduced waits as well as continually delivering a first class service. Since 2002, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has immeasurably improved the quality of life for many thousands of people who would otherwise have faced longer waits for diagnosis and treatment.

”Delivering our targets to date has been a clinical, financial and management challenge. However, once again we have exceeded expectations and are committed to achieving our future goals.”

The future
In 2007/08, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is involved in exciting opportunities and challenges.

The hospital is expanding its Orthopaedic service. Once fully complete, the hospital will be able to provide an additional 1,000 complex joint operations such as hip and knee replacements.

The West of Scotland Regional Heart and Lung Centre will be established at the Golden Jubilee in 2007/08. Using a phased approach, the centre will be fully operational in 2008 and will combine heart and lung services from Glasgow’s Western and Royal Infirmaries as well as lung services from Hairmyres Hospital in Lanarkshire.

Jill Young, Chief Executive of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre, said: ”Maintaining this year’s activity to the same levels as last year will be a challenge. We have commissioned nine new theatres to accommodate our heart and lung centre and Orthopaedic expansions, building work is going on in our wards and intensive care units, and we are also upgrading our existing theatre suite.

“This building work will benefit the people of Scotland in the years to come. It means that the Golden Jubilee National Hospital will diagnose, treat and care for even more patients than ever before.”


Date of Release: 12.30pm Thursday 23 August 2007

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