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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
Safer patient identification22 November 2005Alert
Reducing harm caused by the misplacement of nasogastric feeding tubes21 February 2005Alert
Patient Safety Information: spinal cord lesion and bowel care15 September 2004Alert
Improving infusion device safety20 May 2004Alert
Engaging Clinicians31 October 2002Guidance