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OVERNIGHT BEDS FOR NEW STOBHILL AND VICTORIA

March 08, 2006 12:01 AM

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."

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"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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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. The multi-million pound New Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals are due to open in late 2008.They will treat around 400,000 patients each year, providing the people of the north and southeast of Glasgow with locally accessible healthcare.

  1. The units will enable an extra 2000 day surgery patients to be treated every year at New Stobhill and an extra 1400 day surgery patients to be treated at the New Victoria.

  1. Others centres where beds have been developed to support day surgery include the Treatment Centre in Milton Keynes and the Central Middlesex ACAD.

  1. The range of specialties that will make use of the new beds include: general surgery, ENT surgery, gynaecology, urology and plastic surgery.

For further information, including images of the new hospitals, please contact the Press Office on 1041 201 4429.

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