Helping NHS Western Isles

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The Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow recently marked its 10th anniversary by announcing that it will perform 300,000 procedures - with almost 2,000 of those for Western Isles patients – to help in reduce the length of waiting times by the end of the financial year.

Jill Young, Chief Executive of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre, the NHS national board which manages the Golden Jubilee, commented: “As a national resource for NHSScotland, the Golden Jubilee has exceeded all expectations, treating thousands of patients, and leading the way in new and innovative techniques that will benefit patients across Scotland.

“We are proud of how far we have come – from performing 3,000 procedures in our first year to over 30,000 this year and we estimate we will perform 300,000 procedures by the end of the current financial year.

“We are delighted that we have been able to make a difference to so many patients from across Scotland and in particular from the Western Isles. We will continue to work with our colleagues in NHS Western Isles to ensure that more patients are treated in the years to come.”

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson added: “We have developed strong partnership working arrangements with the Golden Jubilee National Hospital over a number of years, where we have worked together to make sure that patients are seen in the most appropriate clinical environment to meet their needs, with the minimum of delay. It is particularly important for Island Health Boards, such as NHS Western Isles, to have access to such a valuable and expert resource.”