Published: Friday, January 25th, 2013

First Minister celebrates Burns an' a' that at national hospital

 

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The First Minister for Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP, attended the Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s Burns Supper last night (Thursday 24 January) to round off our 10th anniversary celebrations.

 

The Golden Jubilee was purchased in 2002 by the then Scottish Executive, becoming Scotland’s flagship hospital for reducing patient waiting times. From performing 3,000 procedures in our first year to over 30,000 last year, we estimate that we will have performed 300,000 procedures for the NHS in Scotland by the end of March 2013. Other key highlights in our 10 years include:

  • performing one fifth of all Scottish hip and knee replacements;
  • having the best ‘door to balloon’ time for treating heart attack patients;
  • being the busiest thoracic centre in theUK;
  • maintaining our great record in preventing healthcare acquired infections;
  • launching NHSScotland’s newest clinical skills and research centre, the Beardmore Centre for Health Science; and
  • being named the top Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index three years in a row.

Held at the NHS-owned Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, the Burns Supper was attended by over 120 guests. As well as the guest of honour, speakers included heart transplant patient and fundraiser Bill Rennie, and journalist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart.

 

Speaking afterwards, Mr Salmond commented: “The NHS is an asset of which we should all be proud and it is important to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who work tirelessly to help deliver the best possible care to patients acrossScotland.  The people who work in the NHS are its greatest resource and I am very grateful for their ongoing dedication. 

 

“As our national hospital, the Golden Jubilee is highly regarded by NHS staff and patients acrossScotland. I was delighted to deliver the Immortal Memory at their Burns Supper, helping them to celebrate the end of a momentous year and indeed all their achievements over the last ten years.”

 

Jeane Freeman, Chair of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, added: “We are delighted that the First Minister was able to join us at our Burns Supper, providing recognition of the important role we play in providing high quality and person centred care for patients from across Scotland.

 

“We have had a lot of events commemorating this important milestone in our history and it is fitting that the First Minister could join us as we draw these celebrations to a close.”

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