Golden Jubilee National Hospital

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is a hospital in Clydebank, near Glasgow, Scotland. It was opened in 1994 and is managed by a Special Health Board appointed by NHS Scotland.

Golden Jubilee National Hospital
Special Health Board appointed by NHS Scotland
Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Conference Hotel
Shown in West Dunbartonshire
LocationClydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°54′25″N 4°25′33″W
Care systemNHS Scotland
Hospital typeSpecialist
Affiliated universityUniversity of Glasgow Medical School
Glasgow Caledonian University
SpecialityNHS National Waiting Times Centre
West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre
ListsHospitals in Scotland



The site was once part of the William Beardmore and Company Naval Construction Works. Built between 1901 and 1906, the yard covered nearly 100 acres (40 hectares), 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 the First World War, 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.[1]


The building was designed by The Architects Collaborative Boston (TAC) USA with Keppie Henderson Architects Glasgow[2] and planning permission was granted in October 1988.[3] The hospital was built as a private hospital by the American company Health Care International[4] at a cost of was £180 million[5] and opened in March 1994.[4]

Six months after opening, receivers were involved and several months after that, it was being run by the Middle Eastern-based Abu Dhabi Investment Company.[6] The controversial venture proved unsuccessful in private hands and the hospital was purchased in 2002 by the Scottish Executive for the National Health Service,[7] at a cost of £37.5 million.[5] Initially known as the National Waiting Times Centre, it was soon renamed the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.[8]

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 NHS 24, the telephone helpline.[9]


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.[10]

The hospital is home to the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre,[11] which opened in 2007.[12] It carries out the most thoracic surgeries in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[13] 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.[14]

The hospital is one of the leading hospitals for orthopaedics in UK.The Orthopaedics department pioneered a CALEDONIAN technique for postoperative pain relief, quick mobilisation and early discharge of patients.[15] It is a centres where computer assisted joint replacements are performed and has done extensive research in this field.[16]


The on-site Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel is a 168-room four-star hotel and conference centre.[17] Formerly known as the Beardmore Hotel, it was built to accommodate the relatives of the wealthy private patients. Now also owned by the National Health Service, it hosts medical conferences.[10]


  1. "History". Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  2. "Health Care International Hospital and Beardmore Conference Centre". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. Young, Alf (4 March 1989). "Setbacks for private hospital". The Herald. p. 1. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. "How dream turned sour". The Herald. 22 December 1995. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. "Overview of Golden Jubilee National Hospital". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  6. "Future of HCI secured by Abu Dhabi finance". The Herald. 28 July 1995. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  7. "State 'takeover' of private hospital Clydebank buy-out proposal treated with scorn by opposition politicians". The Herald. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  8. "HCI renamed Golden Jubilee National Hospital" (Press release). Scottish Government. 6 December 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. "Our centres". NHS 24. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  10. Dove, Anna (15 September 2016). "Scotland thrives on business visitors". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  11. "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.
  12. "Golden Jubilee Hospital Clydebank". Clyde Waterfront. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  13. "Golden Jubilee – the busiest thoracic centre in UK and Ireland" (Press release). NHS Golden Jubilee. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  14. "Leaflet: Golden Jubilee National Hospital" (PDF). NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  15. "Scots hospital pioneers new technique to speed recovery". The Herald. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  16. McArdle, Helen (21 January 2017). "Pioneering knee surgeon says 'satnav surgery' will become the norm". The Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  17. "Golden Jubilee's 15 years of success down to dedicated staff". Clydebank Post. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
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