Golden Jubilee National Hospital

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Golden Jubilee National Hospital
NHS Scotland Special NHS board
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Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Beardmore Hotel
Location Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Coordinates 55°54′25″N 4°25′33″W / 55.90694°N 4.42583°W / 55.90694; -4.42583Coordinates: 55°54′25″N 4°25′33″W / 55.90694°N 4.42583°W / 55.90694; -4.42583
Care system NHS Scotland
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Glasgow Medical School
Glasgow Caledonian University
Beds 163

NHS National Waiting Times Centre

West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre
Founded 1994
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is a hospital in Clydebank, near Glasgow, Scotland.


The Golden Jubilee National Hospital occupies the north bank of the River Clyde at Dalmuir, but receives referrals from across the country. The Clydebank hospital is Scotland's flagship hospital for reducing patient waiting times. The NHS National Waiting Times Centre is an NHS Special Board made up of two distinct parts - the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel.

The hospital is home to the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre,[1] which opened in 2007.[2] It provides regional and national services; including the West of Scotland Optimal Reperfusion Service, providing primary angioplasty. The centre has four cath labs including a dedicated electrophysiology lab. The hospital is one of the leading hospitals for orthopaedics in UK. It is well renowned over the world for use of computer navigation surgery in joint replacements. It carries out the most thoracic surgeries in the United Kingdom and Ireland[3]

Pre-registration nursing students from Glasgow Caledonian University have placements at the hospital.[4]



The site was once part of the William Beardmore and Company Naval Construction Works. Built by William Beardmore, between 1901 and 1906, the yard covered nearly 100 acres (0.40 km2), making it was one of the largest shipyards in the UK. It produced a large range of products, including ships of all descriptions, aircraft, airships, tanks, guns, shells and mines. After World War I, it constructed locomotives and steel houses. The yard became uneconomic in the 1920s and closed its gates for the last time in 1930. Later used as ROF Dalmuir, many of the buildings survived into the 1980s, with some shipbreaking on the site.[5]


The Golden Jubilee National Hospital was built in 1994, as a private hospital by Health Care International. The initial cost was £180 million.[6] The controversial venture proved unsuccessful in private hands and the hospital was purchased for the National Health Service, at a cost of £37.5 million in 2002.[6] Initially known as the National Waiting Times Centre, it was soon renamed the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.[7] Orthopaedics department has also pioneered a CALEDONIAN technique for post op pain relief, quick mobilisation and early discharge of patients. It is one of the biggest centres in the world in use of computer assisted orthopaedic surgery and has done extensive research in this field. A new two-theatre Orthopaedic suite was added in 2003, amongst the most advanced in Europe. The hospital also houses the headquarters and western call-centre for NHS24, the telephone helpline.


The on-site Beardmore Hotel is a 168-room four-star hotel and conference centre. It was built to accommodate the relatives of the wealthy private patients. Now also owned by the National Health Service, it hosts medical conferences.


  1. ^ "Golden Jubilee National Hospital: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery". Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Golden Jubilee Hospital Clydebank". Clyde Waterfront. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Golden Jubilee – the busiest thoracic centre in UK and Ireland" (Press release). NHS Golden Jubilee. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Acute service placements: Golden Jubilee National Hospital". Glasgow Caledonian University. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "History". Beardmore Hotel. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Overview of Golden Jubilee National Hospital". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "HCI renamed Golden Jubilee National Hospital" (Press release). Scottish Government. 6 December 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2015.