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Chart of the week: The proportion of Covid-19 infections occurring within hospitals is growing as cases rise

Data story 18/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Sarah Scobie looks at the thorny problem of Covid-19 infections occuring when patients are already in hospital for other reasons. How significant a problem is this, and should we be wo...

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Chart of the week: Patients' use of urgent care has changed over the pandemic – but long-term impact unclear

Data story 06/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, as a whole-country lockdown takes hold, Sarah Scobie takes a look at patients' use of urgent care services to ask how regular patterns of use have held up since Covid-19 arrived – an...

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Maternity services in smaller hospitals: a call to action

Report 25/08/2020Nigel Edwards | Louella Vaughan | Billy Palmer

In rural and remote areas, the closure of maternity units can mean longer transfer times and poorer support for obstetric emergencies, but the viability of smaller maternity units is often questioned. This working paper discusses the issues affecting the delivery of safe and effective maternity serv...

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A new era for A&E targets: what will be the impact of the new basket of measures?

Blog post 21/08/2020Jessica Morris | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

Long read: It was announced at the end of June that the four-hour A&E target will be replaced by a new basket of measures. But what might be the benefits and disadvantages of those new measures? Jessica Morris and Chris Sherlaw-Johnson run through the proposed A&E standards to see w...

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Lessons from the last hospital building programme, and recommendations for the next

Briefing 16/07/2020

As lockdown restrictions are eased, attention is turning to economic recovery and the government’s manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals. A new discussion paper by Nigel Edwards assesses what might be learned from the last time a British government committed to a major hospital building s...

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Chart of the week: The alarming drop in referrals from GPs to hospital services since the Covid-19 outbreak

Data story 18/06/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis of the data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Jessica Morris highlights how the fallout from Covid-19 and calls to scale back services to protect the...

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Here to stay? How the NHS will have to learn to live with coronavirus

Briefing 02/06/2020

As the number of Covid-19 hospital admissions gradually declines, policy attention is turning to how the NHS can restart some more routine activities. But doing this while living alongside Covid-19 will involve major practical challenges that will need to be overcome. This new discussion paper by Ni...

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 on urgent and emergency care across England? A Q&A

Blog post 29/05/2020Jessica Morris

Emergency care has been in the spotlight more than ever in recent months as Covid-19 spreads. With experts cautiously observing that the peak of infections has passed, Jessica Morris looks at the effect the novel coronavirus has had on urgent and emergency care in different parts of England – and...

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Chart of the week: Peak in weekly deaths during pandemic is among highest on record, even with lockdown measures

Data story 21/05/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis of the data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Billy Palmer and John Appleby take a look at how the number of weekly deaths we have been seeing during...

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