Day surgery facilities in England are underusedBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7509.130 (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:130
- Susan Mayor
More efficient use of day surgery could reduce pressure on hospital beds and waiting lists in English hospitals, according to a review published this week that showed that nearly half of theatre time allocated for day surgery is not being used. The Healthcare Commission, a body that audits NHS services, assessed the way that day surgery was conducted in 313 NHS day surgery units in England.
The commission found that 45% of the theatre time allocated for day surgery was not being used because of cancelled operations, late starts, and excessive delays …