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Kier’s construction site in Clydebank, where a new Golden Jubilee National Hospital is underway, was visited by the Scottish Health Secretary ahead of the centre’s completion.
The new hospital will specialise in eye health, containing six theatres and an integrated outpatient department, with a predicted capacity that should allow 21,000 cataract procedures per year once the centre opens in the summer of 2020.
Construction of the new centre comes as part of the first phase in the Scottish government’s new Scottish Elective Centres’ Programme which aims to provide public services and infrastructure to handle the nations ageing population, which may increase y up to 35% by 2035.
The Chief Executive of NHS Golden Jubilee, Jann Gardner stated: “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.”
The Managing Director of Kier Regional Building Scotland, Brian McQuade 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.”
Secretary Freeman concluded: “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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