More than 280 patients and members of the public attended the annual review of Scotland’s largest health board - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) - today.
The review was chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon.
The Board’s Senior Management Team reported that thanks to the tremendous efforts of 40,000 staff the Board was able to report significant achievements in meeting or exceeding the vast majority of the Board’s heat targets through which thousands of patients have benefited from earlier treatment.
Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC’s Chief Executive, said: “Continuing to meet or exceed these tough targets, whilst at the same time maintaining a balanced budget, is particularly pleasing when viewed in the context that we treated some 280,000 inpatients, 1.2 million new outpatients, 482,000 A&E attendances and 156,000 day cases in2010/11.”
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said: “We are committed to protecting the NHS in Scotland and ensuring quality care for every patient, every time.
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde deserves credit for its many successes, and should also take the opportunity to learn where improvements can be made and make changes.
“This has been a positive meeting and I am encouraged by much that I have seen and heard today. The Board has met most of its performance targets, and is exercising sound financial control.
“Maintaining this control and these effective relationships will be essential in these more difficult financial times; I am confident that the Board understand the need to maintain the quality of frontline services whilst demonstrating best value for taxpayers’ investment.
“That’s why it is so important we hold Boards to account in public and this year’s annual review has allowed us to listen, ask questions and help shape the future provision of healthcare across the area.”
Mr Calderwood added: “When reviewing the performance, activity and progress made across NHSGGC during 2010/2011 I am struck by the enormity of the challenges faced – and the results delivered. Each year the Scottish Government sets HEAT targets for Health Boards and of the 32 HEAT targets that we reported performances against we have met or exceeded 23. These successes should be recognised and celebrated.
“We have also achieved a number of major strategic milestones this year such as the transfer of inpatient services from Stobhill to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. We concluded fully integrated community health care partnerships in Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire and within mental health there has been a considerable shift in the balance of care within the Clyde area of our Board, improving care standards in line with those already in place in Glasgow.
“NHSGGC also managed significant progress in the construction of the new super hospital being built on the site of the Southern General Hospital. It is testament to the skills of the NHS project management team that this project is well on target to be delivered on time and on or below budget.
“I am very appreciative of the efforts of staff and I am committed to ensuring patients are at the heart of everything we do in redesigning services to deliver greater efficiencies and better quality.”
Some of NHSGGC’s key achievements include:
• Cancer waiting times continued to exceed the 95% target with 95.4% of patients being seen within 62 days.
• Similarly, 97.9% of patients with suspicion of cancer were seen within 31 days, exceeding the target of 95%.
• At March 2011, no patients in NHSGGC waited more than the HEAT target of nine weeks for admission for inpatient or day case treatment. We exceeded this target by a full week with no patients waiting more than eight weeks.
• No patient waited longer than three weeks for key diagnostic tests at March 2011.
• In March 2011, no new outpatient waited more than the target 12 weeks from referral. We exceeded this target by a full two weeks, with no patient waiting more than 10 weeks
• A total of 13,503 cardiovascular health checks were carried out by March 2011, exceeding the target of 7,038.
• A total of 36,399 alcohol brief interventions were reported in March 2011, exceeding the planned number of 34,902 interventions.
• NHSGGC exceeded the three year smoking cessation target at March 2011 recording 25,455 actual quits against a target of 21,240.
• In NHSGGC 94.8% of patients were able to access a member of the GP Practice Team within 48 hours, exceeding the target of 90%.
• NHSGGC achieved significant reductions in the number of C Difficile infections reported and exceeded the required reduction by March 2011.
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