Hong Kong Journal of Gynaecology Obstetrics and Midwifery

Volume 2 Number 2, 2001

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

Leslie Siu Fai LO FRCOG(UK), FHKAM(O&G) Consultant
Shuk Ching LAM BSc(N), IBCLC Nursing Specialist
Chark Man TAI FRCOG(UK), FHKAM(O&G) Consultant
Tai Keung NG FRCOG(UK), FHKAM(O&G) Chief of Service
Wilfred Se Hung WONG MRCOG(UK), FHKAM(O&G) Senior Medical Officer
Shiu Lan MA Dip NA Department Operations Manager
Suet Wah KWONG BSc(N) Ward Manager
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong

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. (HKJGOM 2001; 2: 89-95)

Keywords : day Surgery, observation ward, cost-effective, patient satisfaction

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