It is understood three options will be floated, one of which will see the hospital only take day cases
, a second would see it only treat outpatients and the final option is to keep it as it is.
Work on the new day case
unit is expected to get under way shortly and be completed by the end of the year.
Between 60 and 80 per cent of patients with hand injuries will now be treated in the day case
unit within 48 hours of the patient arriving at accident and emergency.
Another two options for the site are to treat only day cases
, in which a patient is operated on and discharged the same day, or to leave it as is.
Crisis in figuresTHE size of the problem facing the health service in Wales: # Almost 1,200 patients contact GP out-ofhours services every day; # 2,800 patients attend accident and emergency departments every day; # On average 400 patients a week wait more than four hours on a trolley because there are not enough hospital beds; # Unsustainable bed occupancy levels of more than 98pc compared to the ideal of 82pc to 85pc; # An average of 1,000 operations are cancelled every month; # More than 72,000 people waiting for inpatient or day case
treatment - the number waiting more than 18 months has risen 11pc since June to 4,335; # The number of patients waiting a year-anda-half or more for their first outpatient appointment has risen by 18.
The majority of haematology treatment is given on an outpatient or day patient basis, and Dr Singleton recommends that patients should continue to receive day case
and outpatient care at all sites.
Just three patients have been waiting more than 18 months for surgery or day case
treatment and 90 patients more than 12 months for similar medical help.
But the next year will see more building work to extend the day case
unit and create extra capacity in the active support unit.
Paul Baskerville believes waiting lists would be abolished if all UK hospitals had the same rates of day case
surgery as the best performers.
Patients will have a swab test days before, regardless of whether they are a day case
or an inpatient.
76m Assembly Government-funded day case
surgery unit at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.
The day case
surgery unit based in the One Life centre, Middlesbrough, was formerly part of the Capio Healthcare Group.