Published: Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Increasing NHS capacity

£1.5m to deliver 1500 more operations

 

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Up to 1500 extra operations will be carried out at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, thanks to additional investment of £1.5 million.

 

The Scottish Government funding will enable the hospital to deliver an extra 300 joint replacements and up to 1200 cataract operations each year.

 

It will mean patients from across Scotland receive faster treatment, and will help health boards to manage increases in demand.

 

The investment, which will be in place from 2014/15, is on top of £72.2 million of funding that is being invested by health boards across Scotland in 2013/14.

 

The money will be invested in recruiting additional doctors, nurses and support staff.

 

Speaking as he visited the hospital today (Tuesday) to meet with staff and patients, Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

 

"Our NHS is treating more patients than ever, and we know how important it is for patients to be treated quickly. Waiting times remain amongst their lowest ever levels, and we want to keep it that way.

 

“We also know that, while across Scotland the NHS has performed well on meeting the new 12 week treatment time guarantee – seeing 98.3 per cent of patients within the legal treatment time – there have been issues and challenges in some cases.

 

“That is why we are investing this money in increasing capacity at the Golden Jubilee, and this will also help enable boards to reduce their use of the private sector.

 

“We have seen a significant increase in the number of people who need cataract and joint surgery and increasing the number of operations at the Golden Jubilee will help boards to manage these increases in demand.

 

“This builds on the £72.2 million that NHS boards are already investing this year to increase their capacity, and will help ensure patients across Scotland have access to the fastest possible treatment.”

 

Latest waiting times figures released by ISD Scotland show that In September last year, 90.9 per cent of patients whose entire journey could be measured were seen and treated within 18 weeks from initial GP referral to start of treatment.

Of the 80,205 inpatient and day cases treated in the quarter ending September last year, 98.3 per cent of patients were treated within the legal treatment time guarantee.

 

Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, added: “We are delighted that more patients than ever before will have access to our high quality services.

 

“This further expansion of the Golden Jubilee solidifies our position as the largest elective orthopaedic centre in Scotland, providing an expert role in both simple and complex conditions. We are also now one of the largest providers of ophthalmology in Scotland.

 

“The expansion plan means that we will carry out over 25 per cent of all hip and knee replacements and at least 12 per cent of all cataract operations for NHS Scotland. In reality, this means more patients will benefit from having their operations carried out by our orthopaedic and eye specialists within their treatment time guarantee.”

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