Published: Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Golden Jubilee research benefits patients

 

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The effects of current and future medical research will be the focus of the inaugural Golden Jubilee National Hospital Research Day tomorrow (Friday 28 September).

 

Being held as part of the hospital’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the event will see research groups working in the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, orthopaedic surgery, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery present their results and discuss future projects.

 

In recent years, the Golden Jubilee has developed and enhanced their research activity – recruiting patients to 15 drug and 19 device studies. In addition, they have 64 active clinical trials – and that’s over and above the 40 trials that have been opened, recruited patients and closed in the last five years.

 

Professor Keith Oldroyd, Director of Research and Development, explains: “Tomorrow’s Research Day will allow our clinical and academic teams to discuss how health research can benefit patients. The event will also provide an opportunity to network and initiate collaborations to benefit future generations of Scottish patients.”

 

The event will also include presentations from the Scottish Pulmonary Vascular Unit, the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service and the West of Scotland’s regional heart failure and arrhythmia services.

 

As a national centre of excellence, the event provides an opportunity to highlight the Golden Jubilee’s research and clinical achievements over the past 10 years.

  • The ‘Enhanced Recovery’ programme for patients undergoing hip and/or knee replacements, allowing them to be mobile on the same day as their surgery.
  • Replacement of heart valves through a vein in the leg – avoiding the need for open heart surgery (2011).
  • Implantation of ventricular assist devices into patients with advanced heart failure. These ‘artificial hearts’ have a valuable role to play and can buy patients the time they need until their own heart recovers or a transplant becomes available.
  • Creation of the Heart and Lung Institute – a research collaboration with the University of Glasgow. Recently awarded £3.9m for a study into how to prevent the failure of heart bypass grafts making a total of £9M in cardiology grants over a two-year period.

Jeane Freeman, Chair of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre, added: “We firmly believe that research is crucial to the NHS. Research helps us investigate, test out and develop responses to the challenges we face.  It improves the sum of our knowledge and our understanding and it can lead to improvements in healthcare quality, better outcomes and care for patients and improved performance.

 

“Research takes forward the ways by which everyone in healthcare can provide improvements for patients and research is also the way our NHS gives back real living benefits to everyone.  We are delighted to host this special research day and I know that not only will those attending benefit from the shared experience and discussion but that patients acrossScotlandwill benefit from this work too.”

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