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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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Safety in maternity services: factors to consider

Blog post 25/08/2020Louella Vaughan

An inquiry into the safety of maternity services was recently announced by the Health and Social Care Committee. Which factors should be under consideration, and what we do know already? Louella Vaughan reflects on insights from a workshop on the subject.

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Rethinking acute medical care in smaller hospitals

Report 04/10/2018Louella Vaughan | Nigel Edwards | Candace Imison | Ben Collins

Smaller hospitals are struggling with workforce shortages, spiralling costs and increasingly complex models of care for acutely ill patients. This major new report outlines a set of radical new approaches for running acute medical services in these institutions and suggests we should avoid assuming...

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Changes to staffing patterns at A&E could improve viability of smaller hospitals, research suggests

Press release 04/10/2018

Encouraging groups of clinicians to pool their capacity at the hospital ‘front door’ could help solve chronic workforce shortages and spiralling costs.

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Daring to ask: is there a future for smaller hospitals in the NHS?

Conference/seminar 12/07/2016 • 18.00–20.00Amanda Philpott | Caroline Abrahams | David Evans | David Nicholson

The NHS Confederation and the Nuffield Trust's second debate in our joint event series - Daring to ask - took place on 12 July.

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Laure Tharel: Monitoring quality in smaller hospitals

Video 20/01/2014

In this video, Laure Tharel, Human Resources Director, Paris West Side University Hospital, describes how small local hospitals in France are changing and becoming more concentrated to improve  care …

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