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Team Brief - March 2017

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive talks about:

  • New ICE building on QEUH campus
  • Clinical success with links to the past
  • Delivering care on budget

Final touches put the “ICE”-ing on campus cake

The impressive ICE (Imaging Centre of Excellence) building on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus will be officially opened at the end of this month demonstrating the power of successful collaboration between our NHS and the University of Glasgow.

The campus is already bristling with high tech laboratories, world class teaching and learning facilities and leading edge research and I’m delighted to see it further enhanced with the ICE building which offers us the opportunity to create new neuro operating theatres for our specialist surgical teams to work in and offer even greater benefits to patients.

The ICE building also houses Scotland’s first ultra-powerful 17.5 tonne 7 Tesla MRI scanner – is one of the world’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines and is the first scanner of its kind in the UK to be located in a clinical setting.

Other finishing touches are also being progressed and delivered on the site including the opening of the new entrance to the neurosciences and maxillofacial services and the refurbished public spaces.

Elsewhere on the site the parts of old buildings due for demolition are being taken away and frontages retained, such as the Central Medical Block and the Acute Medical Block are being readied for refurbishment and a return to non-clinical “active service”.

The transformation of the campus is nearing completion with these final finishing touches and I am immensely proud of what so many of us have been able to achieve in delivering this fantastic campus.

New clinical success with links to the past

The status of Queens Nurse was once the pride of the nursing profession back in Victorian Times. It was a recognition of exemplary nursing qualities in the community and led to those chosen being afforded the chance to further develop their special skills.

Forty eight years ago the meritorious scheme was ended. In 2017, with a whole new energy being invested in community nursing, the Queens Nurse is being brought back and Glasgow and Clyde can be proud that two of our own have been selected as deserving of selection.

Congratulations to Hilary Alba, based at the Princess Royal Maternity, and Anne Burns of the Renfrewshire HSCP for being among the very few to have been chosen as deserving of this honour.

Hilary, is a community midwife manager with the board’s Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team, while Anne is Renfrewshire’s Family Nurse Partnership supervisor.

Once they have completed the Queen’s Nurses development programme, Hilary and Anne will work to promote health improvement and delivery of services in the local community.

Over at Glasgow Royal Infirmary another prestige tradition has been rekindled and brought back to life.

The St Mungo’s Medal was last presented in 1944 in recognition of excellence in research and innovation by young doctors. A couple of weeks ago a panel considered the work of 85 competing GRI medics and selected the hospital’s ICU InS:PIRE team as the first recipients in the 21st Century. The Medal will be awarded annually from now on.

Delivering care on budget

Traditionally December and January are resource intensive months putting extra financial pressure on our health system.

Despite those pressures we have come through this period well within the financial plan and are on course to break even at the end of the financial year, albeit with the support of non-recurring reserve funding. I want to thank all staff for their support and their ongoing commitment to the delivery of safe and sustainable services.

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