Review plays role in increasing theatre productivity across NHS Lothian

THEATRE USAGE - one key measure of productivity - in NHS Lothian hospitals has increased by 16% amid ongoing efficiency drives, according to a new report.

The productivity report, to be tabled at NHS Lothian's Board meeting today (May 23rd), also highlights the central role now being played by St John's in Livingston in providing complex surgical care as a centre of excellence for head and neck medicine.

The report details improvements in productivity by consultant surgeons and other staff involved in performing operations.

The report refers to audits of activity taken in recent months. These show that the average number of cases per theatre session has increased to three.

Jackie Sansbury, Director of Strategic Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian, said:

"Based on the audits undertaken to date, there has been an overall 16% increase in theatre throughput.
"These improvements bear testimony to the hard work of staff in improving the service we provide to our patients. We are planning further improvements and aim to save £1m in efficiency savings across our acute hospitals in Lothian this year through improved use of our theatres."
24/05/2007