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Lerwick day surgery unit proposal moves forward; PLANNING.

Byline: CHRIS COPE

Plans to extend and enhance the day surgery unit at Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick have moved a step forward after an outline business case for the PS1.3 million project was approved.

Members of the NHS Shetland board met yesterday morning where they gave their backing for taking the proposal forward.

Capital funding from the Scottish Government has already been agreed in principle for the works, and the outline business case will now be submitted to the national Capital Investment Group for the money to be released.

A full business case is expected to come before the board later this year.

The project would create more capacity for day surgery and other day care interventions at the hospital.

This in turn would reduce NHS Shetland's reliance on inpatient beds and overnight hospital admissions.

The business case said that it would also "increase our ability to repatriate services to Shetland and reduce unnecessary patient travel".

It could potentially save around PS32,000 from patient travel revenue costs a year, while it could reduce NHS Shetland's carbon footprint of CO2 emission.

Board members were warned that not progressing the project further would limit the ability to deliver NHS Shetland's drive to "shift the balance of care" into the community.

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 17, 2019
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