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11/08/13 10:52

Operations set to increase

Over £67m to boost capacity across NHS Scotland.

Health boards across Scotland are creating additional capacity to be able to treat more patients than ever.

Over £67 million will be invested in 2013/14 in increasing theatre capacity and recruiting around 420 more staff, including consultants, nurses and other clinical support staff.

The investment comes as NHS Scotland hospitals treated almost 910,000 routine inpatient and day case patients in 2012/13.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the use of the NHS, due to our ageing population. Statistics now show that the NHS is treating more patients than ever.

“Every year our NHS deals with almost 1.5 million new outpatients, and that has increased by almost 7,000 in the last year alone.

"We know how important it is for patients to be treated quickly. Waiting times are lower than ever before and we want to keep it that way.

“Since the year 2000, for example, the demand for cataract procedures has increased by 67 per cent across Scotland while knee replacements are up almost 140 per cent. However, the waiting times for these procedures have halved.”

Greg McCracken, Policy Officer, Age Scotland, said:

“Age Scotland welcomes this investment, which acknowledges the fact that our ageing population requires a greater focus on services that make a real difference to older people’s quality of life.

“Investing in capacity across Scotland means that people will receive treatment sooner and that this will enhance their ability to live independently at home and in their own communities.”

Notes to editors

Increases were recorded across the NHS in the last year (between 2011/12 and 2012/13)

  • Day cases have grown by almost 4000 to 456,300
  • Routine Inpatient cases have increased by over 6,000 to 452,500
  • New Outpatient cases have increased by almost 7,000 to 1,490,100.

NHS Grampian is investing over £10 million to put four new theatres in place and recruiting consultant and nursing staff. In addition, a total of £8 million will be invested recurrently in recruiting 50 consultant nursing and other clinical support staff.

NHS Lothian will invest £9.8 million recurrently recruiting around 230 WTE (whole time equivalent) consultants, nurses and other clinical support staff across a range of specialties.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is investing £2 million in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, neurosurgery/neurology, endoscopy and imaging.

NHS Lanarkshire are investing £8.7 million, including the recruitment of 54 WTE consultants, nursing and other clinical support staff.

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital will undertake an additional 2,400 cataract and 300 orthopaedics hip and knee joint operations each year following a £1.7 million investment.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is investing around £9.7 million and is recruiting 13.5 WTE consultant, nursing and other clinical support staff to increase capacity in orthopaedics, cardiology and oral maxillofacial. The rest of the investment is in increased activity in physiotherapy and podiatry, and additional CT scanner and new outpatient facilities.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is investing £2 million on 6.5 WTE consultant, nursing and other clinical support posts as well as investments in equipment, additional day surgery capacity and improvements to the surgical admissions unit.

NHS Highland is investing £1.3 million on increasing capacity across a number of specialties.

NHS Tayside is investing £2.2 million recurrently in general surgery, and the health board has funded additional mobile theatre capacity at Ninewells Hospital.

NHS Fife is investing around £2.3 million to increase capacity in a range of specialties. This includes the recruitment of 35 WTE consultants, nursing and other clinical support staff.

NHS Borders is investing £1.46 million. This includes recruiting 17 new consultants, nurses and other clinical support staff in urology, radiology, orthopaedics, neurology and anaesthetics.

NHS Forth Valley is investing £6.9 million. This includes the recruitment of 14.5 WTE new consultants, nurses and other clinical support staff.

NHS Shetland is investing an additional £216,000 in staff, and a further £220,000 in theatres and other clinical equipment.

NHS Western Isles has invested £220,000 to double capacity in orthopaedics. An additional consultant has been appointed and theatre sessions have doubled.

NHS Orkney is investing £305,000 to increase theatre capacity and are recruiting 4.14 WTE consultant, nursing and other clinical support staff.