The second of two new Scottish hospitals set to revolutionise patient care opens its doors to patients for the first time today, Monday, June 8.
The opening of the £100 million New Victoria follows that of the New Stobhill Hospital last month and together they stand to transform the balance of acute hospital care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment.
It also means that for the first time Southsiders can go to their local, state-of-the-art hospital for MRI scanning, chemotherapy and renal dialysis services rather than travelling to other sites for their treatment.
The unique aspect of the state-of-the-art hospital is that thousands of surgical patients, who would normally have needed an overnight stay, will have their operations as day procedures and go home the same day.
Twelve 23-hour short stay surgical beds will also support the work at the site, 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.
One of the first patients to experience the New Victoria hospitals was Rita Mulvenny (72) from Giffnock.
Rita said said: “I will be going to five of the clinics here and the hospital looks lovely, so nice and clean.
“It’s easy to find your way around and there are a good number of disability parking spaces.
“I’m really impressed, it’s a beautiful hospital.”
Alex McIntyre, Programme Director, explained that the aim was to design and build a new hospital that not only looked beautiful but also delivered better models of care and greater efficiencies.
Mr McIntyre said: “This was a unique opportunity to create an environment which focuses not only on technological advances in equipment, but also on the entire patient journey.
“To do this, we consulted with clinical staff from an early stage on how services might be redesigned around the needs of patients and then set about creating a hospital that would achieve this.
“Design was also critical to us. We wanted to create an iconic building that both the staff and the general public could take pride in. I am very proud of what we have achieved.”
Welcoming the New Victoria Hospital, Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said: Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The £100 million New Victoria is a fine example of the very latest technology bringing care as close to people’s homes as possible.
“For the first time ever, people on the south side have no need to travel to other parts of the city for cancer treatments like chemotherapy or procedures like kidney dialysis. The hospital capitalises on the latest advances in medical care, allowing many patients to receive same-day treatment where they would previously have needed a more lengthy stay.
“The old Victoria Infirmary has been held in great affection by generations of south siders and I’m confident the New Victoria Hospital will be just as valued.”
Contact 0141 201 4429 for more information and for images of the New Victoria hospital.