West Suffolk Hospital has been named as one of the best performing trusts in the country for the care it provides to hip fracture patients.
The National Hip Fracture Database audit, which was published last week, compares the way trusts have performed when treating patients with a break to the hip joint.
West Suffolk has been placed among the best in the country in several key areas.
• has a mortality rate of 4% – one of the country’s lowest – compared with a national average of 8.2%.
• is the country’s best performing for length of stay, with 72% of patients returning to their own home within 30 days of their admission compared with a national average of 46%.
• is the sixth best performing in the UK for meeting six critical patient care and outcome targets which qualify the hospital to receive a best practice tariff. All six targets were achieved in 86% of cases.
• is in the top 10% of hospitals getting patients to theatres within 36 hours of their admission. This figure has continued to improve every quarter for the past three years.
Matthew Porteous, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said: “We are delighted with the results of this audit, which show that hip fracture patients at West Suffolk Hospital are receiving some of the highest quality care in the country.
“It is vital that these patients receive rapid access to excellent care and diagnostics so that they can get the best possible outcome.
“Staff across the whole hospital have worked extremely well together to ensure our patients are receiving this treatment as quickly as possible.
“We will continue to look for ways we can improve still further in the coming years so we can maintain this excellent performance in the future.