Research & Innovation Transforming Patient Care

Keyhole surgery, first conducted at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, has since revolutionised most disciplines of surgery as well as the patient experience.

A proud history, an exciting future

The accomplishments, innovations and breakthroughs made in the NHS over the last 70 years have completely transformed modern medicine


cotland’s reputation as a pioneer of medical and pharmaceutical research is well earned. Te discovery of Penicillin, the beta blocker, the hypodermic syringe;

the first use of diagnostic ultrasound, the full body MRI scanner and the establishment of the world’s first radiology department – all these things happened in Scotland, and over the last 70 years have completely transformed modern medicine.

32 | NHS70 | SUMMER 2018 We live in a health technological age

that was unimaginable back in 1948; MRI scanners, ultrasound, transplantation and antibody therapies, to name just a few. Te pace of these medical advances is somewhat amazing. Te first ever full body scan took

place in Aberdeen in 1989 establishing a revolutionary procedure that is now a cornerstone of modern medicine. Te opening of Glasgow’s £32m Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), in spring 2017, featuring the world’s most powerful MRI scanners is testament to the advancement. Sitting proudly, as part of the largest

acute hospital in Western Europe – the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital – the facility combines world-class facilities with leading expertise in brain, stroke and cardiovascular disease imaging allowing researchers to see detail in the brain as tiny as a grain of sand. On a smaller scale, but no less important, laparoscopic surgery, commonly known

as keyhole surgery, was first conducted in Scotland at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with the removal of a patient’s gall bladder. It has since revolutionised most disciplines of surgery as well as the patient experience and is now in routine use across a range of surgical procedures. It is a proud history, transforming the lives

of patients not only in Scotland but around the world. But that cycle of innovation never stops and services must always evolve to meet new patterns of care, increased demand and technological advances. Continual investment and valuing

innovation from both within and outside the NHS is at the heart of rising to this challenge, creating a service that is modern, sustainable, adaptable and at the forefront of medical advances. Within Scotland, two national bodies

are helping to harness the collective power of the NHS across Scotland to translate research and innovation into excellent individual healthcare.

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