The first of two new Scottish hospitals set to revolutionise patient care opened its doors to patients for the first time today.
Both in Glasgow and costing £100m each The New Stobhill and The New
Victoria Hospitals stand to transform the balance of acute hospital care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment.
The New Stobhill Hospital opened today and three weeks later (8th June) the New Victoria will welcome its first southside patients.
One of the very first patients to cross the threshold of the new Stobhill Hospital was Winifred Findlay (91) from Kirkintilloch. Winifred, who has had long association with Stobhill, was hugely impressed by the new hospital and described it as a “breath of fresh air.” She added: “It is very clean, bright and calming. I really is lovely. I was seen very quickly, the clinic I was attending was easy to find and the staff were really pleasant.”
The unique aspect of these new state-of-the-art hospitals is that 30,000 surgical patients, who would normally have needed an overnight stay, will have their operations as day procedures and go home the same day.
Dr Brian Cowan, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medical Director, said: “Some of the best clinical teams in the country have been behind the development of this new way of delivering clinical care.
“Health professionals believe these two significant hospitals will improve the patient experience by delivering swifter treatment, fewer hospital visits and enable NHS staff to work more effectively.”
Services in the new hospitals have been redesigned around the needs of the patients to enhance the quality of care and speed up diagnosis and treatment.
As well as day surgery the hospitals will provide traditional outpatient clinics but also new ‘one-stop’ clinics where patients can have a number of investigations and appointments all on the same hospital visit. The hospitals will also offer a range of diagnostic services and specialist services such as cardiology, renal dialysis and gynaecology.
Large, well designed and airy – the new hospitals have been welcomed by the thousands of staff who will work in them and feedback from local residents, who turned out in their hundreds to attend recent open days at the hospitals, has been extremely positive.
Patients will also benefit from modern and uncluttered purpose built patient areas, consulting rooms and patient transport hubs.
And, as you would expect from two brand new hospitals, they are bristling with the latest technologies.
Some of these technologies will be clearly visible such as state-of-the-art MRI scanners, a first for Stobhill and Victoria Patients who previously has to travel to other sites for this type of scan, but less visible will be the phased introduction of ‘paperlite’ systems that will see a massive reduction in paper patient records and appointment files.
Twelve 23-hour short stay surgical beds will also support the work at each of the sites, enabling clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures offered and also allow patients who do not have a carer or access to a phone to stay in hospital overnight to complete their post-surgery recovery.
Both hospitals will also have Minor Injuries Units, open between 9.00am and 9.00pm seven days a week, and staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs).
Notes to Editor
Day surgery is a safe and reliable method of providing care for patients undergoing a wide variety of procedures.
The number and type of procedures has increased over the years as advances and developments in surgery, anaesthetics, drugs and technology have been made.
There are currently over 150 procedures from a variety of specialties routinely performed as day surgery.
Procedures that are suitable for day surgery include hernia repair, removal of breast lumps, examinations and operations of the hands, feet, knee and shoulder, removal of teeth, removal of tonsils, investigations of infertility, removal of cataracts, correction of squints, and examination and operations of the bladder.
Some of these procedures are called ‘minimally invasive’ or ‘keyhole’ surgery. This means that small incisions (cuts) are made in the skin and very slim instruments are used to perform the examination and procedure. The benefits of this type of surgery are small scars, less pain, less blood loss and a shorter time in hospital whilst achieving the same results as open or more invasive surgery.
As anaesthetic and surgical techniques continue to advance it is likely that even more procedures will be carried out in day surgery.
Minor Injuries Units
The Minor Injuries Units (MIU) at the hospitals will be part of a network of similar MIUs across the city. They will be closely linked to the local A&E department and have support from medical staff trained in Emergency Medicine.
Around half of patients who currently attend A & E departments can be more appropriately seen at a Minor Injuries Unit – and so by creating separate MIUs the more