Published: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ten years of National Hospital’s orthopaedic service

 

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Over 22,000 orthopaedic procedures – mostly hip and knee replacements – have been carried out at Scotland’s biggest elective arthroplasty centre in its first 10 years.

 

The pioneering orthopaedic programme at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital was established in 2003 with the appointment of its first orthopaedic surgeon. In its first full year, approximately 350 procedures were performed for NHSScotland.

 

Ten years on, a team of 11 surgeons carry out approximately 3,000 procedures per year, including 15% of all hip and knee replacements in Scotland. And it was recently announced that they will perform a further 300 hip and knee replacements per year to meet the demand of NHSScotland.

 

The team, which includes a recently appointed foot and ankle specialist, also perform an increasing number of complex revisions, with this accounting for 8% of all orthopaedic activity in 2013/14.

 

Martin Sarungi, Orthopaedic Lead Surgeon at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our orthopaedic department at the same time as we mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS in Scotland.

 

“Our department was created in September 2003 with the appointment of the hospital’s first Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Andrew Kinninmonth, who laid down the foundation. Whilst our department has grown substantially since then, the vision is still the same: delivering high quality of care for all patients and working together with our orthopaedic colleagues and orthopaedic departments across Scotland.

 

“We have a highly skilled team with a ‘can do attitude’ who are dedicated to providing an innovative service and using the latest research and techniques. We now look forward to the challenge of providing the same high quality service to more patients than ever before.”

 

Excellent track record

 

The Golden Jubilee’s Orthopaedic team has been at the forefront of innovative developments for the past 10 years, including:

 

  • Introducing Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, enabling joints to be implanted with high accuracy, ensuring a better recovery for patients.
  • Pioneering ‘Enhanced Recovery’ in Scotland for patients undergoing hip and/or knee replacements, allowing them to be mobile on the same day as their surgery. By supporting the development of the national programme, we have helped reduced the average length of stay across for these procedures, with some patients being discharged three days after their surgery. Enhanced Recovery is also now being rolled out within other specialties at the Golden Jubilee.
  • Improving orthopaedic wound care, reducing wound complications after hip and knee replacements by 90 per cent.
  • Introducing a Telehealth/Video link for patients requiring orthopaedic follow-up. Successfully piloted with NHS Orkney as a safe and effective alternative to face-to-face consultation, the system saves patients from making trips to Glasgow and reduces travel costs for NHS Orkney.
  • Carrying out nationally and internationally recognised orthopaedic research leading to nine awards, 32 peer-reviewed journal publications and many improvements in clinical care.
  • Creating 3D training, with the lead of an anaesthetic consultant, which will allow orthopaedic medical students, trainee doctors and clinicians to practice surgical and regional anaesthesia techniques on 3D models and animations. In the future, it could also be used to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, through seeing a visual representation of what their treatment will involve.

Jill Young, the Golden Jubilee’s Chief Executive, added: “As a national resource for NHSScotland, we are delighted that we have been able to meet the specific demand for orthopaedic surgery within NHSScotland for the last ten years.

 

“The Golden Jubilee is widely recognised for providing high quality care, treatment and services to our patients, in the right way at the right time. With the growing number of older people in our society, our orthopaedic services will continue to be in high demand and we are delighted that more patients will benefit from our specialists going forward.”

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