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Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what district general hospitals there are in England; (154646)

(2) which hospitals are located in each parliamentary constituency.

There is no current nationally agreed definition of what constitutes a district general hospital, although the term is in common use and is generally employed to describe large hospitals which are not teaching hospitals.

Information identifying individual hospital sites by parliamentary constituency is not collected centrally. However, a series of fact sheets on the Department's website does identify the headquarters' address of each national health service trust in this manner. The information is available at:

NHS organisations will decide locally what constitutes the best configuration of healthcare services for their populations. In some localities, services may be provided in large centralised hospitals, while others may offer the same services in the community.