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Revolutionary New Hospital Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A dedicated hospital designed to provide revolutionary care for the community of the north east of Glasgow this week celebrates ten years since it first opened its doors. 

 ‘The New Stobhill Hospital’ which opened in 2009 has transformed the balance of acute hospital care away from inpatient overnight procedures and over the last ten years has had more than two million patients through its doors. 

The unique aspect of the new Stobhill was that surgical patients, who would normally have needed an overnight stay, have their operations as day surgery and go home the same day. 

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 and further advances and developments in surgery, anaesthetics, drugs and technology have been made since the hospital opened including 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. 

The hospital is also undertaking partial knee replacement surgery on patients who ten years ago would have spent up to ten days in hospital for this procedure and are now being discharged within 23 hours.  

This revolutionary new way of providing certain orthopaedic procedures to patients is providing less invasive surgery and a faster recovery time.  

Stobhill is leading the way in this surgery to patients affected by arthritis in a single joint, are in good health and have good social support on a day case basis.    

As anaesthetic and surgical techniques continue to advance it is likely that even more procedures will be carried out in day surgery. 

And over the last ten years approximately 600,000 patients have undergone either outpatient or day case procedures in the hospital and, although it does not provide traditional inpatient beds, it has a number of 23-hour short stay surgical beds. 

These short-stay beds enable 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. 

Jonathan Best, Chief Operating Officer, said:  “It has been a remarkable ten years since the new Stobhill opened its doors to patients. 

“The hospital is at the forefront of providing care to the local community in the north east of Glasgow and the staff are at the heart of the care and treatment offered to all patients coming to the hospital. 

“It is also at the forefront in advances in day surgery including offering patients, who ten years ago would have spent up to ten days in hospital, now having their surgery for a partial knee replacement and being discharged within 23 hours.” 

As well as day surgery the hospital provides traditional outpatient clinics but also ‘one-stop’ clinics where patients can have a number of investigations and appointments all on the same hospital visit. 

It also offers a range of diagnostic services and specialist services such as cardiology and gynaecology. 

ENDS 

Notes to Editor

And over the last ten years approximately 600,000 patients have undergone either outpatient or day case procedures in the hospital and, although it does not provide traditional inpatient beds, it has a number of 23-hour short stay surgical beds. 

These short-stay beds enable 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. 

There has also been more 200,000 patients have received care for minor injuries in its Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) which sees patients between 9.00am and 9.00pm. 

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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