Members of Scottish parliament are scrutinising a healthcare initiative which has given nurses 40% more time to care for patients.

Releasing Time To Care, which calls on health workplaces to correctly store supplies and equipment, has been successfully trialled at Hairmyres Hospital in Lanarkshire.

By adopting a more organised approach to storage, the hospital has freed up thousands of extra hours for staff to care for patients which has, in turn, reduced their average length of stay.

Senior nurse Linda King said the staff motto is now: “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

The initiative is included in the NHS quality strategy which is due to be debated in Holyrood.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the initiative will be expanded across Scotland after eight health boards conducted trials.

Releasing Time To Care puts patients “at the heart of everything the NHS does and gives people a new confidence in the health service”, she said.

Ms Sturgeon is proposing a motion to parliament which commends the quality strategy for its “right approach”.