Altogether 143 patients had minor gynaecological operations performed under general anaesthesia in the outpatient department. This method proved to be very acceptable to patient, gynaecologist, and anaesthetist. No complications occurred requiring admission to hospital, and the short recovery time confirmed the safety of early discharge from hospital. This procedure had a beneficial effect on the waiting list, and expensive beds were used more efficiently for major surgical cases. It is recommended that this procedure should be more widely practised, provided that the patients are adequately screened.