Hospital Guide

The Hospital Guide published data about acute hospital care (and, in 2013, commissioning) across England for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the public alike. The Hospital Guide adhered strictly to its original mission: ‘to publish an independent and authoritative analysis of the variations that exist in acute hospital care in a way that is meaningful for clinicians and managers and understandable to patients and the public’.

The 2001 Hospital Guide was the first time that information had been published on how well or badly a hospital was performing in England. Publishing this data and making it public was a revolutionary idea that started a massive cultural shift towards greater openness and transparency in the English health system, and has been widely credited with helping to raise standards of care.

View and download the last Hospital Guide