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Report: The case for surgical hubs

The Strategy Unit at the NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU has written a paper jointly with the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RSC) on surgical hubs as a potential solution to the NHS’s growing waiting list. The report which is out this week presents seven recommendations to government to support this.

The RSC writes: “A key strategy to avoid the cancellation of elective activity involves greater separation of the resources that support elective and emergency patients, to create surgical hubs. This report identifies three categories of surgical hub: integrated (or ‘hub within a hospital’), stand-alone and specialist. These categories are illustrated in the report by case studies of trusts that have successfully adapted the model to their needs.”