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HEART AND LUNG SURGERY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

September 20, 2005 12:00 PM

MEDIA RELEASE (ISSUED JOINTLY BY NHS GOLDEN JUBILEE NATIONAL HOSPITAL AND NHS GREATER GLASGOW)

Today saw the Golden Jubilee National Hospital come one step further towards becoming the centre of excellence for heart and lung surgery. This announcement follows the outcome of public and staff consultations by NHS Greater Glasgow and NHS Lanarkshire.

It was originally planned to deliver the specialist heart and lung surgery unit at Gartnavel General Hospital in 2012 at the earliest.

A team of doctors and other staff from NHS Greater Glasgow, NHS Lanarkshire and Golden Jubilee National Hospital have been working together over the past two years to examine how this plan might be accelerated by moving these services to modern, fit-for-purpose facilities at Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

And after a detailed consultation exercise, patients, carers and others with an interest in the service have now given their seal of approval to the move.

The results of the consultation will now be presented to the Health Minister, Andy Kerr, for approval.

Dr Ken Ferguson, Medical Director of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: "To bring together the expertise from three sites into one state-of-the-art NHS hospital was always a very exciting proposal. We are now another step closer to, not only offering patients in the West of Scotland faster treatment, but also offering this treatment at a dedicated hospital using the latest equipment and diagnostic techniques available."

Jill Young, Chief Executive of Golden Jubilee National Hospital, added: "The Golden Jubilee National Hospital provides the highest quality of care and supports other NHS Boards by helping treat patients earlier in several clinical specialties. We are proud to be involved in a project that greatly improves the patient journey and look forward to the Health Minister's decision."

The consultation also proposed that planned interventional cardiology should transfer from Glasgow to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.In their responses to consultation, Consultant Cardiologists expressed different views about the proposed interventional cardiology model.A consensus view has now emerged amongst this group of doctors that all interventional cardiology should transfer to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

NHS Greater Glasgow will now carry out a review of interventional cardiology over the coming months to examine whether all interventional cardiology should transfer to the Golden Jubilee.

Tom Divers, NHS Greater Glasgow's Chief Executive, said: "In developing our proposals it has always been clear that the West of Scotland heart and lung surgery service would benefit from being located alongside interventional cardiology. The question for debate following consultants' responses was how much interventional cardiology should go to Golden Jubilee and how much should be retained in Glasgow.

"The cardiologists have told us that they believe the whole service should transfer.We now need to take a close look at this along with our colleagues in the rest of the west of Scotland. That is why the Board have agreed to commission a review over the coming months to look in detail at this question."

The review will include clinical staff from NHS Greater Glasgow and the West of Scotland. It will also involve surrounding health board areas to ensure that any future plans for the service being considered by other West of Scotland health boards are taken into account.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The consultation paper set out detailed proposals to establish a West of Scotland Cardiothoracic Centre at Golden Jubilee National Hospital by:

Bringing forward the centralisation of adult cardiothoracic inpatient surgical services currently provided at Western Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary onto one site at least six years earlier than currently planned Transferring the national heart transplant service currently provided at Glasgow Royal Infirmary within the cardiac surgery unit Co-locating planned and non-emergency interventional cardiology for the West of Scotland with cardiac surgery.

Interventional cardiology is a collective term for a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including angiography and balloon angioplasty, used in the treatment of certain heart conditions. Transfer inpatient lung surgery (thoracic) services from Hairmyres Hospital to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

For more information contact:

NHS Greater Glasgow Press Office on 1041 201 4429 or Sandie Scott, Head of Communications, Golden Jubilee National Hospital on 0141 951 5073

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