YHEC uses Beacon Dodsworth's bureau service for their paediatric intensive care review...

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York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) used our bureau service to help with a study of paediatric intensive care (PIC) in the Trent region. The review came about following the publication of a report by the NHS Executive which highlighted a number of national concerns about the development of intensive care for children and made recommendations about service standards and organisation.

Beacon Dodsworth were commissioned to map population data and identify drive times to potential PIC centres from surrounding acute hospitals. Initially the Trent area was mapped and divided into health authorities and the location of acute hospitals and possible PIC centres identified. Young children are the greatest users of PIC services, so the distribution of the 0-4 year olds in the region was also analysed.

Normal drive times and "blue light" ambulance drive times were recorded between each acute hospital and each possible PIC centre to identify predicted patient flows under a variety of assumptions. Where there were two acute hospitals within a health authority, the natural catchment population of each was determined by using drive times to show which one was nearest.

With our analysis, YHEC was able to determine which PIC centres should be maintained and advise the NHS Executive Trent on local strategies for developing services further.

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