Cash to fund 1,500 extra operations at Golden Jubilee Hospital
The NHS in Scotland has been given an extra £1.5m to cope with a significant increase in the number of people who need cataract and joint surgery.
The cash will fund more doctors, nurses and support staff at the national Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.
The aim is to deliver an extra 300 joint replacements and 1,200 cataract operations each year.
Patients from around Scotland will be referred to the hospital, which has a key role in reducing waiting times.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "We have seen a significant increase in the number of people who need cataract and joint surgery and increasing the number of operations at the Golden Jubilee will help (health) boards to manage these increases in demand."
Jill Young, chief executive of the hospital, said: "This further expansion of the Golden Jubilee solidifies our position as the largest elective orthopaedic centre in Scotland, providing an expert role in both simple and complex conditions.
"The expansion plan means that we will carry out over 25% of all hip and knee replacements and at least 12% of all cataract operations for NHS Scotland.
"In reality, this means more patients will benefit from having their operations carried out by our orthopaedic and eye specialists within their treatment time guarantee."