Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the new eye centre at Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank this week to see how the building is taking shape.

The new centre, being built by Kier Regional Building Scotland will feature six theatres and an integrated outpatient department. The facility represents the first phase of NHS Golden Jubilee’s expansion plans and will be open to patients in Summer 2020 and once at full capacity, will carry out up to 21,000 cataract procedures per year – helping the future demand across Scotland.

The hospital is part of the Scottish Elective Centres’ Programme, a scheme to provide additional capacity and infrastructure across Scotland to meet the needs of an increasing elderly population that could be 25-30% higher than current levels by 2035.  The facility will harness the Golden Jubilee ophthalmic model of care which has already allowed the National Hospital to treat more patients and provide an excellent quality of service and patient experience.

Jann Gardner, Chief Executive of NHS Golden Jubilee, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to the Golden Jubilee Eye Centre construction site to show how the building is taking shape.

“At a time where we need to meet the needs of a growing and increasingly elderly population, by combining our new facility with our evidenced improved patient experience, we will be able to provide sustainable services in this high demand speciality. 

“This means even more patients will be treated faster, providing an improved quality of life for thousands of people every year.”

Brian McQuade, Managing Director of Kier Regional Building Scotland, added: “The construction of the eye centre is progressing well and complements the strong portfolio of healthcare projects that we are delivering throughout the country. 

“As well as providing new facilities for thousands of patients at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Kier is creating a range of valuable employment and learning opportunities throughout this project for local residents of Clydebank and the surrounding areas to benefit from for years to come.”

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The Golden Jubilee Eye Centre forms part of one of the elective and diagnostic centres that are being established across Scotland. The network will allow people to be treated more quickly for planned surgery, taking pressure off the other parts of the system that deal with unplanned and emergency treatment.  This fantastic new facility will make a real difference to patients across Scotland when it opens next year.”

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