Acute hospital activity
Health Secretary Alex Neil comments on NHS Scotland acute hospital activity figures, published today by ISD Scotland.
Mr Neil said:
"These figures show that more patients are being treated on the same day reducing the length of time patients need to stay in hospital. Hospital stays are now the shortest on record.
"Last month’s published waiting time statistics showed Scottish patients are receiving their treatment more quickly.
"The NHS is changing to meet the needs of the 21st century – over 80 per cent of procedures are now carried out as same day surgery and the number of acute beds in our hospitals are reducing as a result.
"No one wants to stay in hospital for longer than they need to and by using other NHS resources efficiently we can ensure that patients are treated quickly and in the location that best suits their needs."
NHS Boards delivered 80.7 per cent on the BADS day case surgery target at the end of March 2011 – the target was 80 per cent by end March 2011.