NHS Greater Glasgow welcomed today's announcement by the Health Minister Andy Kerr that plans for a flagship heart and lung centre, based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, had been given the go ahead.
Alan Faichney, the Cardiothoracic surgeon who has taken the clinical lead role in developing plans for the new West of Scotland centre, said: "The possibility of offering heart and lung patients a dedicated facility on a single site some five years earlier than originally planned is very welcome.
"The relocation of existing services to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital as a regional centre offers a real opportunity to review how we treat heart and lung patients - both in a specialist centre and in local hospitals.
"The close co-operation between existing units and the new regional facility will ensure that patients from throughout the West of Scotland will receive prompt, high quality treatment from specialists in modern, comfortable surroundings."
Concentrating clinical expertise, the latest techniques and equipment on one site, the new service will deliver complex procedures to even higher standards.
Supported by other services already at the Golden Jubilee, this will create one of the largest specialist units in the UK.Services will be delivered on a West of Scotland basis, but the heart transplant service will be Scotland-wide.
The benefits to patients and NHS staff will include:
- access to the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques;
- clinicians able to specialise in complex and diverse areas of work due to the larger number of patients treated;
- concentrating teaching and other academic activities on a single site will offer better training opportunities for junior doctors, which in turn should result in more and better cardiothoracic surgeons for the future;
- better planned patient care, and the ability to cut waiting times because the Golden Jubilee is free from additional pressures created by emergency medical admissions;
- more specialised nursing staff, with greater opportunities for developing specialist nursing roles within a larger, integrated unit;
- more efficient use of expensive specialist equipment and facilities
It is estimated that each year the centre would undertake the following activity:
Cardiac Surgery - 1,900 procedures
Thoracic Surgery - 2,500 procedures
Heart Transplants - 15 procedures
Angioplasties - 1,700 procedures
Angiographies- 3,700 procedures
Electrophysiology/Complex pacing etc - 600 procedures
NOTES FOR NEWS EDITORS
1. With this proposal, heart and lung surgery services, including the national heart transplant service, from Greater Glasgow, and lung surgery from NHS Lanarkshire, would join the heart surgery programme at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
2. The next stage is the submission of the Full Business Case in order that the building work is completed to allow the service to be transferred and operational by Spring 2007.
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