Scheduled treatment resumes at Golden Jubilee in Dalmuir

Golden Jubilee

It is hoped the move will help accelerate treatment for patients whose planned care was put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the country, more than 27,000 people have not been able to have their planned hospital treatments over the past 14 weeks, according to figures from Public Health Scotland comparing scheduled hospital admissions in that period with the average for 2018/2019.

In a pre-Covid world, the NHS grappled with long waiting lists.

Now, with three months of paused treatments and operations, they not only have a backlog of patients, they need to factor in a new, slower, way of working with social distancing, time to thoroughly clean equipment between patients and changing protective clothing.

Health boards around Scotland refer patients to NHS Golden Jubilee to take the pressure off their waiting lists and get patients treated more quickly.

Single rooms for patients means Golden Jubilee means they will be able to deal with a high volume of patients.

So re-introducing planned treatment here will help reduce the backlog.

Jann Gardner, chief executive of NHS Golden Jubilee, said the hospital would be doing more than it previously did – with operations six days a week, instead of five.

“We have created two new wards and will be opening these as soon as possible,” she said.

“We need to take precautions, so the pathways as you come into the hospital will feel a little bit different. But because we have single rooms, we are well laid out and the care that has been taken means that actually we will be able to do a high volume.

“So we will do, not only the services we did before, but also additional cancer services.”

Staff at the Golden Jubilee have already been contacting patients on their lists. They will receive information about how they are trying to ensure the hospital is safe.

Part of the strategy is that patients coming in for treatment must self-isolate for 14 days with their family, unless they are living alone or can isolate within their household.

They will then be tested for Covid-19. The procedure can only go ahead if they test negative.

When they arrive at the hospital it they will be issued with a mask, they will follow a socially-distanced one-way system, staff will be wearing masks and they cannot have visitors as normal.

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