Nobody wants to spend any more time in, or travelling to, hospital than is absolutely necessary. Doing things differently could see services change for the better. For example, looking closely at how we join up services, such as those for children and young people, could mean your child spending less time in hospital.
Ambulance services also have an important role to play in achieving our ambitions. Ambulance services across the UK are now much better at identifying who needs specialist help and who can be treated by more general services. This means that even when specialist centres have been set up, many people can continue to be treated locally without the need to travel further.
New technology and ways of working will also help us provide many services currently delivered by your hospital in a more convenient place. We want to look at ways we can provide services such as outpatients, ultrasound, blood tests and other treatments in local GP and community settings.
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