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Community hospital

Community hospitals are run by primary care trusts and offer a range of healthcare services, ranging from minor surgery to respite care.


The drive to treat more patients in the community has seen a change in the type of patients and conditions that are being seen in community hospitals.


The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) is working with community hospitals and professional organisations to increase reporting from the community so that safety trends can

Community hospital
be identified and resources and advice developed to improve safety for patients.


The National Reporting and Learning Service has produced a range of patient safety resources relating to community hospitals, including:



  • Alerts and guidance about patient treatment and procedures, such as raising awareness of latex allergy and medication issues

Resources relating to community hospitals are shown below. 

TitleIssue dateType
Protected Mealtimes01 January 2007Toolkit
Patient Safety Observatory Report 4: Safety in doses01 January 2007Data report
Slips, trips and falls01 January 2007Data report
Right patient, right blood: core competencies09 November 2006Alert
Right patient, right blood: advice for safer blood transfusions09 November 2006Alert
Safe Foundations21 August 2006Toolkit
With safety in mind01 July 2006Data report
Improving compliance with oral methotrexate guidelines01 June 2006Alert
High dose morphine and diamorphine injections25 May 2006Alert
Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF)01 January 2006Guidance