The Network

How and why was the Network set up?

The Southern Haemophilia Network (SHN) is the first network of its kind in the UK. It has been commissioned, by NHS England - Wessex, for the purpose of delivering a consistent standard of care to patients with inherited and acquired bleeding disorders across the region.

To ensure that patients receive the same level of care irrespective of their location within the region, we are adopting an integrated and unified system approach to haemophilia services, allowing services to be standardised. Patients will receive specialist care, delivered by the most appropriate health professional for their needs including consultants, specialist nurses, and therapists.

In addition to the clinical work, the Southern Academic Coagulation Consortium (SACC) brings together like-minded academics who are experts in their field, to deliver cost effective, high quality research in collaboration with their patients and the NHS. Patients are more than welcome to become involved through participation in research studies and clinical trials.

What does the Network look like?

The SHN encompasses the clinical services for haemophilia and other bleeding disorders across a large area of Southern England covering four counties. The hospitals that are part of the SHN are Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Southampton General Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Salisbury District Hospital, and Dorset County Hospital.

All of the organisations within the network have an equal stake in how it is run, and clinicians, not accountants, determine key decisions concerning how funds are spent.

How is it going to benefit you, the patient?

You will receive a high quality of care, regardless of where you live. Our aim is to tackle the disparity in haemophilia services across the region and deliver care in accordance with your needs. We want collaboration between our community of patients and healthcare professionals to drive forward a network of haemophilia services of the highest standard with the best use of resources.

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