A new hospital which is transforming the balance of care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment was today, 10 February 2010, officially opened by First Minister Alex Salmond and Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
At a special ceremony at the new £100 million New Victoria Hospital in Glasgow, the First Minister and the Health Secretary met with staff and patients before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring the new hospital open.
Speaking at the event, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This impressive high-tech hospital is already making real improvements to the quality of patient care in Glasgow. It is delivering impressive patient-focused services, such as faster diagnosis and treatment, which are designed to benefit patients and meet their needs.
“The £100 million invested into building this energy efficient facility, together with the £1 billion Glasgow hospital modernisation programme, demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in Scotland’s health. The development of the new Victoria Hospital has delivered a significant boost to Glasgow’s health services and also the economy of the west of Scotland during these challenging economic times.”
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “The New Victoria is a fantastic example of how healthcare in Scotland is being made quicker, more efficient and closer to home. Just one example is that for the first time ever patients can benefit from treatments like dialysis and chemotherapy being available here on the South Side.
“Advances in surgery also now mean that the majority of surgical patients at the New Victoria can now be treated and go home the same day. I know how hard the staff here have to work to make the new hospital what it is – one of the best-equipped in the country – and I congratulate them on their achievement.”
The New Victoria Hospital opened its doors to patients on the 8th June last year. It is one of the most modern and well equipped hospitals in Scotland and will treat more than 400,000 patients every year.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Andrew Robertson, said: “We are part way through one of the most exciting and ambitious hospital modernisation programmes ever undertaken in the UK and the New Victoria is a vital element in this programme. I am delighted with what we have achieved here – an iconic hospital which not only looks beautiful for staff and patients but also delivers better models of care.”
One aspect of the state-of-the-art hospital is that thousands of surgical patients, who would normally have needed an overnight stay, are having their operations as day procedures and go home the same day.
Twelve 23-hour short stay surgical beds also support the work at the hospital, enabling clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures offered.
The opening of the new hospital also means that for the first time Glasgow 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 New Victoria also offers a new dedicated Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) for patients, giving faster treatment for the thousands of Southsiders who suffer a minor injury every year.
The opening of the MIU at the hospital marks an important step in plans to modernise and streamline Glasgow’s Emergency Services.
Run by specialist emergency nurse practitioners, backed up by emergency medicine consultants, the unit is open between 9am and 9pm for patients who are not seriously injured or ill enough to go to a full-blown A&E.
The new structure means that patients with minor or less serious injuries gain rapid access to highly skilled clinical teams, leaving A&E teams to concentrate on more seriously ill patients.
All these services and more are offered in an environment which exudes style and a sense of calm. The hospital has set new standards by creating an environment that is positive, welcoming, calming and also energy efficient.
A team of artists has worked together to create subtle and thought provoking artistic themes throughout the building and nearby Queen’s Park has been a particular source of artistic inspiration.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.