Most hospital care is provided via pre-arranged appointments and consultations – this is known as ‘Elective’ or ‘Planned’ Care.
There are currently 90,000 patient episodes (individual appointments or courses of treatment) of Planned Care at the Vale and these are to be increased by 15% - they include outpatient appointments, day treatment and day surgery, short-stays and diagnostic tests. This expansion will be achieved by:
- 1,200 additional day surgery procedures and 6,000 additional outpatient appointments for patients with conditions related to Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Endoscopy, Ophthalmology (eyes) and Urology (water works)
- The introduction of a new Rheumatology Service (treatment of problems with joints, soft tissues and connective tissues) providing 1,500 new appointments locally
- Expansion of specialist services including 3,750 additional kidney dialysis sessions, meaning that patients will no longer have to travel to Glasgow hospitals
- An increase of examinations by CT, Ultrasound, x-ray mammography and fluoroscopy at the Vale by 1,200 each year
The attached graphic provides an indication of example patient journeys related to Planned Care.