New Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals are each to get 12 overnight beds, allowing even more patients to have their day surgery locally.
Around 3400 patients per year, who would otherwise have had to go to another of the city's hospitals, will now instead be treated at either the New Stobhill or the New Victoria when they open in late 2008.
A team of nurses will staff the units, providing overnight observation until patients are discharged the following day.Medical advice, if required, will be obtained from the on-call team at either Glasgow Royal Infirmary or Southern General Hospital.
The decision by NHS Greater Glasgow to develop the facilities comes after an 8-month review by city doctors.
Medical Director, Dr Brian Cowan, who led the review, explained why the earlier decision not to include overnight beds in the new hospitals had been reversed.
He said: When the plans for the new hospitals were first drawn up in 2000, the concept of overnight stay beds was not generally supported amongst clinicians.Since then, we have seen the development of these units elsewhere in the UK.For instance, overnight surgery forms part of the day surgery unit in the new Edinburgh Royal and the Birmingham Treatment Centre that opened in late 2005.
"Our local communities and some of our doctors have also been pressing for overnight beds in the new hospitals.In light of this, we decided to reconsider whether we should include a small number of beds in the new hospitals."
The review found that a small overnight facility in each hospital would bring a number of benefits.Dr Cowan explained; "The overnight beds will enable clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures to be offered.They will also allow patients who do not have a carer or access to a phone to stay in hospital overnight to complete their post-surgery recovery."
"Perhaps the most exciting part of this for me is the opportunities that the beds will present to develop and extend day surgery into new areas in the future. We will be able to pilot new day procedures in the knowledge that a bed is available if needed.The very real prospect is that more and more day surgery will be carried out, enabling patients to be treated locally and quickly."
The review also concluded that the beds should not be used for surgical complications. In the unlikely event that a patient develops a complication during day surgery, patients will be stabilised and transferred to one of the city's inpatient hospitals – where they will have access to full 24-hour back up and support.
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