Published: Thursday, October 29th, 2015
The Golden Jubilee recognised on world stage
The team at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital were recently acknowledged by their peers at the world’s largest cardiology meeting, winning the Best Poster Award for their submission to the annual Poster Competition.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2015 recently took place in London, with more than 40,000 people in attendance. The Golden Jubilee was praised for their work on “Mobile echo acquisition and transfer for donor organ assessment”.
Discussing the award, Professor Nawwar Al-Attar, Director of the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service (SNAHFS) based at the Golden Jubilee said: “Trans Oesophageal Echocardiography (TOE) provides detailed images of the heart valves and function, in a non invasive way.
"This can offer essential information on donor hearts, however due to the specialist nature of the equipment and the expertise required in interpreting the images, training involved, its availability at some other hospitals is sometimes unpredictable.
“To address this issue, making images more readily available and improving the number and outcomes of heart transplantation, a team of clinicians worked with our IT and medical physics experts to design a secure system to connect an offsite, portable, ultrasound machine via the internet to the hospital’s network infrastructure, meaning we can access these images anywhere. This has resulted in considerable interest in the setup by other teams in the UK and indeed all over the world.”
The project, which initially ran in April 2013, proved to be a great success with images becoming more easily accessible, and resulted in a direct and substantial increase in the number of heart transplants carried out when compared to previous years.
Professor Al-Attar added: “We are extremely honoured and proud to once again share best practice to our peers from across the world. More than 11,000 abstracts were submitted to the congress from over 100 countries. To receive the award for Best Poster is an incredible accomplishment and cements our role in helping lead quality, research and innovation for the NHS in Scotland.”