Letters I’m a healthy patient; get me out of here

England must support its community hospitals

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3933 (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3933
  1. David Seamark, general practitioner1,
  2. Helen Tucker, vice president2,
  3. Heather Penwarden, chair3
  1. 1Honiton Surgery, Marlpits Lane, Honiton EX14 2NY, UK
  2. 2Community Hospitals Association, c/o CHA Office, Horton, Ilminster TA19 9QX
  3. 3Honiton Hospital League of Friends, Honiton Hospital, Honiton EX14 2DE
  1. david.seamark{at}nhs.net

Appleby highlights the plight of acute hospital patients with delayed discharge because of waiting for assessments and transfers to other NHS facilities.1 We note an overlooked and neglected NHS resource: community hospitals. The UK has around 500,2 and Simon Stevens, NHS England chief, made a statement supporting improved local access to services and full use of these hospitals.3

Of the 362 community hospitals …

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