High Volume Short Stay Surgical Units (HVSSS)

Aim

The HVSSS  Unit Model emerged as a model of care from the Surgery Futures – A Plan for Greater Sydney project (released January 2011).

This toolkit provides Local Health Districts with information about the key features of the model, processes for service delivery, staff roles, diagnosis-related groups suitable for HVSSS, key success factors, benefits, and steps for implementation of this model.

Benefits

  • Improved access to planned surgical services; 
  • Improved service efficiency, regarding both operating theatre and bed utilisation; 
  • Extended range of procedures suitable for the short-stay environment; 
  • Release of additional clinical capacity (including beds, staff and other resources) within tertiary/quaternary surgery centres; 
  • Reinvestment of this additional capacity into emergency and complex service needs. 

Summary

This model helps to concentrate suitable planned surgical cases within dedicated high volume, short stay surgical units.

HVSSS Units willmanage planned surgery/procedures requiring admission for up to 72 hours. Itincludes both Day Only and Extended Day Only surgery. 

Background

Experienced surgical staff who routinely cope with the challenges of emergency surgery have developed these Emergency Surgery Guidelines. 

Partnerships

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

Sydney Local Health DistrictCanterbury Hospital
Western Sydney Local Health DistrictAuburn Hospital and Community Health Services

Evaluation

No evaluation planned atthis stage.

Related Initiatives

Further Details

For more information go to: www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/gl/2012/pdf/GL2012_001.pdf

Contact

Gavin Meredith
Manager - Surgical Services Taskforce
gavin.meredith@health.nsw.gov.au
02 9464 4644

Donald MacLellan
Director, Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care
donald.maclellan@health.nsw.gov.au
02 9464 4604

Page Top | Added: 7 November 2013 | Last modified: 30 May 2014

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Gavin Meredith
Manager - Surgical Services Taskforce
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02 9464 4644
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