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Robot Leads the Way in Fight against Prostate Cancer

Men in the west of Scotland are being given access to world-leading robotic technology in the fight against prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland and 1 in 10 Scottish men are likely to develop the disease.

Now, as the result of a partnership between West of Scotland Health Boards, the ‎Scottish Government and Prostate Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is able to offer radical prostatectomy’s using robotics. It is hoped that around 300 men each year will benefit from this new technology.

Consultant Urologist Mr Hasan Qazi said: “Until recently, men with prostate cancer had few surgery choices, which predominantly involved an open prostatectomy, involving large incisions, higher blood loss, slower return to continence and in general, a longer period of convalescence.

“With the new state of the art Da-Vinci Xi Dual console system at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, we hope to facilitate better results for men undergoing radical prostatectomy, in getting them cancer free and continent early after surgery and where possible, preserving potency. This represents a huge development for Cancer Surgery in Scotland.”

New Hospitals Received International Acclaim

All eyes were on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) last night, as they scooped the prestigious international MIPIM award for Best Healthcare Development.

The MIPIM Awards, launched in 1991 is the highlight of an annual event held in Cannes, France that brings together over 21,000 influential property players to honour the most outstanding and accomplished global projects from around the world.
The landmark £850million project, designed by architects IBI Group and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, was one of four shortlisted entries that was voted for by event delegates and a judging panel made-up of prominent property professionals.


From Wellies to Incubators Children in Malawi Benefit from Surplus Lifesaving Equipment

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has joined forces with the charitable organisation, Raising Malawi, to deliver desperately needed medical equipment to a new paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in the poverty-stricken country of Malawi.

From wellies to an ECG machine much need equipment is being donated to the new health facility in the southern region of Malawi.

The build is a 50 bedded children’s extension to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the country’s commercials district of Blantyre and is desperately in need of healthcare equipment and basic furniture to treat the many children expected to visit the facility for surgery and critical care.

Following the closure of the children’s hospital at Yorkhill, the old Southern General and the old Victoria and Western Infirmaries, NHSGGC has a surplus of equipment which will ship to Malawi in large containers this week.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary recovery programme scoops prestigious award

A programme designed to help the recovery of Intensive Care patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary was honoured at the prestigious BMJ Awards in London last night (Thursday, 05 May).

The InSPIRE team won the Innovation into Practice Team of the Year category at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster.

Glasgow’s finalists faced competition for the award from Imperial College London/Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust; the University of Bristol; and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

InSPIRE, a joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow, is a five week rehabilitation and support initiative for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and their families.

Dr Tara Quasim, ICU Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Intensive Care patients can have persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of the intensive care stay which can impact all aspects of their life.


51 years, 11 moths is one long experiment

Little did 16-year-old Jim Irvine know that when he walked through the doors of the Stobhill Hospital labs that it was the start of a career which would last almost 52 years.
That was June 1962 and Jim, from Milton of Campsie, has now begun a well earned retirement after 51 years and 11 months service to the NHS.

Jim, who walked straight out of school on the Friday and started as a junior technician on the Monday remembers his first day as if it were yesterday.

“The worst thing was the smell. It was vile!” he recalled. It turns out the smell was coming from a particular chemical used in the lab.

Jim has seen many changes over the years, mainly with the evolution of technology. He explained: “When I started we were very hands on, it was like a big chemistry set, with test tubes and chemicals everywhere. We made up reagents, had to spin down serum and had clocks everywhere as all the tests had different testing times.


Roger Daltrey CBE; Sarah, Duchess of York; and Kevin Bridges open the Royal Hospital for Children's new teenage cancer unit

Patients and staff at the Royal Hospital for Children today met The Who front man, Roger Daltrey CBE; Sarah, Duchess of York; and comedian Kevin Bridges when they officially opened the hospital’s new Teenage Cancer Trust unit.

The new unit, a replacement for the charity’s previous facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the Yorkhill area of the city, provides care for young people with aged 13 to 16 across the West of Scotland. Almost £400,000 has been invested in creating the unit as well as specialist staff and running costs.

The unit is a state-of-the-art facility designed to feel more like a home from home than a hospital ward. They are places where young people with cancer can receive expert, specialist care and meet others going through similar experiences, so they feel less alone and scared.


New £12.4 Million Maryhill Health & Care Centre opens

The new £12.4 million Maryhill Health and Care Centre opened its doors to the local community for the first time on Monday, 19 September.


Big Congratulations to Radiography team Who Have Won National Award

A team of radiographers who work in the Diagnostics Directorate are celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.
The award for the Radiography Team of the Year from the Society and College of Radiographers was presented to the team who provide a radiographer reporting service on musculo skeletal images.

The team work with emergency departments and minor injury units, as well as reporting images from patients who have attended outpatient clinics and orthopaedics, rheumatology and trauma inpatients.

The team began its work in 2013 with four staff reporting approximately 20,000 images per annum. Now the team has grown to eight members of staff and this year are looking at closer to 80,000 images by the end of the year.