Day Surgery and Observation Ward - A New Model in Delivering Obstetrical and Gynaecological Service Abstract

Leslie Siu Fai LO, Shuk Ching LAM, Chark Man TAI, Tai Keung NG, Wilfred Se Hung WONG, Shiu Lan MA, Suet Wah KWONG

A surge in out-patient workload and implementation of Enhanced Productivity Programme are two major issues most clinical departments in the public hospitals have to tackle. If in-patient beds could be cut significantly, it would result in major savings and can also spare medical staff to attend out-patient clinics. The Day Surgery and Observation Ward is a new concept in delivering obstetrical and gynaecological services with a function to decrease unnecessary admission and in-patient stay. Its scope of service include day surgery unit, observation ward, peri-operative assessment and special clinics. It is able to reduce 20 in-patient beds and provide a cost-effective obstetrical and gynaecological service. A patient satisfaction survey was conducted to assess patients acceptance to this new format of service.

Hong Kong J Gynaecol Obstet Midwifery 2001; 2:89-95

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