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Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and associated lockdown measures on attendances at EDs in English hospitals

Journal article 28/01/2021

A retrospective database study looking looking at 14,224,908 attendances at consultant-led ED departments operated by 41 NHS trusts in England between January 2019 and June 2020.

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Can variation help to explain the rise in emergency admissions for children aged under five up to 2018/19?

Report 22/01/2021Eilís Keeble | Dr Elizabeth Fisher

Children under the age of five accounted for 10% of emergency attendances and 9% of emergency admissions in 2018/19, despite representing less than 6% of the population – what might some of the factors behind this be? This research summary by Eilís Keeble and Dr Elizabeth Fisher considers some of...

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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 occurring when patients are already in hospital for other reasons. How significant a problem is this, and should we be w...

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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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North Central London adult elective orthopaedic services review: Nuffield Trust assessment against the Mayor’s six tests

Report 16/09/2020Sally Gainsbury | Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham | Dr Simona Baracaia | Dr Rebecca Rosen

In 2017, following the Nuffield Trust/King's Fund report into London’s five sustainability and transformation plans, the Mayor announced six tests to be met before support could be given to any health service reconfiguration proposals in London. The Nuffield Trust was recently commissioned by the...

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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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