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Acute hospital

Acute hospitals provide a wide range of specialist care and treatment for patients. Services offered in acute hospitals include:

  • consultation with specialist clinicians (consultants, nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and a wide range of other professionals)

  • emergency treatment following accidents

  • routine, complex and life-saving surgery

  • specialist diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures


The majority of incidents that are reported to the Reporting and Learning System (RLS) are reported from acute hospitals. This enables the National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) to analyse and learn from incidents, and develop guidance that can be implemented across the NHS.


NRLS guidance relating to care provided in acute hospitals includes Rapid Response Reports and Patient Safety Alerts on specific areas of care, and toolkits and guides on areas such as surgery and anaesthesia.


Use the form below to search the NRLS catalogue of resources relating to acute hospitals.