An international team of researchers has travelled over from America to help support the North-east’s health board.
The US delegation was in Aberdeen last week to help the work now under way at NHS Grampian to cut waiting times for patients who need operations.
NHS Grampian said it was part of a specially-commissioned project aimed at reducing waiting times by providing more efficient and speedier access to hospital operating theatres.
This marks the Institute for Healthcare Optimization’s (IHO) second visit of the year to Aberdeen, and the group will be given a detailed update on how the work has been progressing.
In addition to holding sessions with the main theatre teams at ARI, the group met representatives from General Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as the NHS Grampian senior leadership team.
Chief executive of NHS Grampian, Malcolm Wright, pictured, said the work being done with the IHO forms a vital part of the board’s plans to modernise theatre access and management.
“Next year is the 75th anniversary of the NHS and, in Grampian, we are proud to have built a rich reputation for surgical innovation during that time,” he said.
“Over that period, a significant number of truly ground-breaking, and world leading procedures have been performed for the first time here in the North-east.
“It’s not just the quality of the care that is being delivered that is remarkable, it is also the sheer scale of the work that is done. ARI is Europe’s largest hospital and, across our area, we carry out more than 3,000 operations a month – in the region of 100 each day.
“Effectively managing and maintaining that kind of activity requires a mammoth effort behind the scenes which is why the work is being done to transform how we manage patient access and theatre capacity is so important.
“We need to be sure to make sure we get it right which is why we are so grateful to have support from a global organisation like the IHO, and to be able to draw upon their experiences elsewhere.”