International evidence shows that patients are far more likely to have a better outcome if they are taken directly to a hospital which provides the specialist care they need. In Dorset, every year thousands of patients are taken by ambulance to a hospital that is further away than their nearest one.
The important thing for patients is that they get the right care at the right time and at the right site. Royal Bournemouth Hospital already takes the county’s referrals for stroke care, cardiology and vascular surgery, with Poole taking referrals for trauma, paediatrics and obstetrics. At present, a lot of patients have to travel between the two sites to get appropriate care. By establishing one major emergency hospital that internal hospital transport should be reduced.