Well I finally did it!
Having developed many site for other peoples systems I finally decided to put together my own public facing public service site. aboutmyhospital.co.uk One of the groups whose work I follow is nhshackdays who do a lot of free work on behalf of the NHS and bring people together to try and develop solutions to problems. Someone posted on there that they were maintaining a googledocs spreadsheet of hospitals that have public wifi to assist with a campaign for free wifi within the NHS being run on facebook and wanted a better way to maintain it. I decided that this was one for me.
I had recently put up a micro amazon server in the cloud to do some work of my own and decided that it could probably cope with hosting this along with everything else.
The first thing I needed was to get some raw NHS data so I went to systems.hscic.gov.uk Not sure why I was so disappointed but the quality of the data there is quite poor. For example, it has downloads containing a lot of information but doesn’t that data does not even identify hospitals as unique items anywhere that I could find. This is why the site still has many other things like external clinics etc. I have stripped out as many as I could that exist at the same postcode but need to spend more effort here. The Scottish version does not even seem to have most of the hospitals and 4 days later I am still waiting for a response to an email I sent them about it. I have spent quite a bit of time tidying this data up to make it presentable.
This site is just the starting point as I intend to add a lot more areas where the public can provide information about their hospitals. Probably the next item will be parking costs. Please let me know if you have ideas about how this site can be developed to provide a service.
I wanted to get this posting up quickly to coincide with the announcement about the site so will be adding to it with more technical and other information very soon. Come back to find out more but for now why not have a look at the site and if you know hospitals that provide wifi then please add the information using the form provided on the page.
ChangeLog: Added a last edited by to stop people changing details without having to enter anything into the User name field.
The site now holds parking information for some 200 Hospitals as well as the original raw wifi survey results