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Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

As part of its efforts to reduce the backlog in the number of patients to receive surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), the medical staff is to conduct 30 ambulatory surgeries as part of the institution's Labour Day Project today.

Ambulatory surgery, also known as outpatient, or day surgery, is surgery that does not require the patient to stay overnight at the hospital after completion.

The surgical team will be doing tonsillectomies, repairing hernias, and removing non-cancerous salivary tumours.

KPH Chief Executive Officer Godfrey Boyd said the medical staff had volunteered their time to conduct the surgeries in order to reduce the waiting list for surgery at the KPH.

"The management of the hospital is heartened by the commitment of the members of the surgical department, who have graciously volunteered their time and expertise to improve health-care delivery at KPH," Boyd said.

"We hope that this initiative will become an annual one aimed at further reducing the waiting time for surgeries," he added.

More than 1,000 ambulatory/ minor surgical procedures are performed each month.