Provide a machine readable API for finding a list of the hospitals nearest to a given location. Also allows the results to be filtered to return only those with Accident and Emergency departments.
This project doesn't include any user interface - instead, it just provides a machine readable (JSON) API, queryable based on a location entered by a user, and returning as many nearby hospitals as desired.
Ideas for taking this project forward
Could do with allowing a search based on the name of the hospital, and also tying in more information about the hospital (such as statistics about number of operations performed, success rates, etc).
Estimated costs for taking this project forward
Improving the search to allow hospital names (including variations and misspellings) would be about 1 day of work. Pulling in further information would be 2 to 5 days work, depending on how much further information about hospitals was wanted, and how hard it is to parse (I've made a start at pulling out some hospital data, but only enough to know that there is a lot of data publically available, but that it's not in a particularly easily scraped form).
To build a really good API for "recommend a nearby hospital for treating a specified condition" would probably be 10-15 days of work.
About the data used for this project
Data obtained from scraperwiki: http://scraperwiki.com/scrapers/show/nhs-hospital-locations/
This scraper uses http://www.nhs.uk/NHSCWS/Services/ServicesSearch.aspx?user=Hackday.2&pwd=WOdaJaGc&type=5&PageSize=200000&
Seems to be reasonably clean and usable, once scraped into CSV form. Yay!
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