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Reconfiguring acute hospitals in England

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1271

Try reconfiguring services to improve standards and meet patient preferences

  1. Steven Ford, general practitioner
  1. 1Haydon and Allen Valleys Medical Practice, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 6LA

    Reconfiguration of services in Hexham has come with the replacement of the Nissen hut hospital with a private finance initiative development.1 This, taken with the linking of services in Hexham with the hospital in Wansbeck, has resulted in some strange effects even if the objective standard of care has risen.

    Patients fracturing their neck of femur in the Hexham catchment area will be taken initially to Hexham for …

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