A multi-award winning new hospital which is transforming the balance of care from inpatient overnight procedures was officially opened today (February 24) by First Minister Alex Salmond.
At a special ceremony at the new £100 million New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, which has already won three prestigious national design awards, the First Minister 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:
“I am delighted to officially open one of the most modern and well equipped hospitals in Scotland. Care at this impressive facility has been designed to meet the needs of patients and the local community and that is to be welcomed.
“Having already opened the new Victoria Hospital earlier this month, I have already seen for myself how patients are benefitting from Glasgow’s £1 billion hospital modernisation programme. This echoes the Scottish Government’s commitment to create better healthcare which makes a real difference to the lives of people in Scotland.”
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.
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 new hospital opened its doors to patients on May 11th 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: “The New Stobhill is playing an integral part in one of the most exciting and ambitious hospital modernisation programmes ever undertaken in the UK.
“What we have created here is a superb hospital in terms of not merely meeting the needs of clinicians and patients, but like the New Victoria, it creates an ambience that gives immediate confidence and a sense of wellbeing to all who pass through its doors.”
The New Stobhill also offers a new dedicated Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) for patients, giving faster treatment for many local people 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.
Managing the carbon footprint is also a key feature of the New Stobhill and being energy efficient is not only good for the environment but also means savings which can be ploughed back into frontline NHS care.
Energy saving light bulbs and movement sensitive light systems have been installed throughout the new hospital. Floor coverings have been made from renewable materials and are fully recyclable.
A team of artists has also worked together to create subtle and thought provoking artistic themes throughout the building, creating a calming and welcoming environment.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]