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Getting The Best of Both Worlds – Clinical Excellence at a Peripheral Unit
  1. Wg Cdr T K Day, MA MChir FRCPEd FRCS, Head of Surgery1 and
  2. H Veen2
  1. 1The Princess Mary’s Hospital, RAF Akrotiri BFPO 57
  2. 2The Princess Royal Medical Centre, Gibraltar


Audit of hospital practice in remote areas and military practice indicates that it is possible to provide a high degree of patient safety with the advantages of care close to home in a small hospital with less than 100 beds. However such an approach requires strict attention to training and retraining, good clinical networking, attention to quality control and a well defined system for identifying those patients who need to be transferred to a specialist centre.

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