Ambulatory Model of Care for Flexible Cystoscopy
The NSW Health Surgical Services Taskforce has endorsed the Network's proposal to introduce an ambulatory model of care using flexible cystoscopy under local anaesthetic for diagnostic cystoscopy. The use of flexible cystoscopes is the most cost effective form of surveillance for a range of clinical indications, the most common being patients with a diagnosis of superficial bladder cancer.
The proposal highlights benefits relating to efficiency, cost effectiveness and quality and safety. Reduction in waiting times, an earlier diagnosis for the patient, reduced length of stay, better options for teaching, addressing patient preferences, waiting list management and training and education opportunities are additional benefits.