West Suffolk Hospital wins national award

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been presented with a national safety award in recognition of excellent performance in preventing deep vein thrombosis among at risk patients.

The hospital received the Lifeblood VTE (venous thromboembolism) 2013 award in the category of best performing trust for its CQUIN results for 2011/12, and was described as providing exemplary leadership in VTE prevention.

The trust was given the award after screening more than 95 per cent of patients at risk of deep vein thrombosis and giving preventative blood thinning injections or specialist stockings.

West Suffolk’s good performance has been made possible by the hospital’s ward clerks who, led by F5 ward clerk Rosie Hart, put in place a system to record VTEs and remind clinicians when assessments still need to be completed.

Trialled in Rosie’s ward, the sytem proved so successful that it was rolled out across the hospital, significantly improving performance against the CQUIN quality target.

Andy Graham, interim chief operating officer at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been presented with this award, which underlines our commitment to providing safe, effective services to our patients.

“These consistently high figures show that patients are receiving the assessments they need, which is great news for everyone using West Suffolk Hospital.

“Our performance for assessing VTEs has improved since the new system was introduced, and our thanks go to all of the ward clerks who are taking responsibility for ensuring our compliance figures stay high.

“I would also like to thank colleagues on the thrombosis committee, medical and nursing staff, clinical governance and pharmacy staff, as well as the information team for regularly feeding back VTE screening data.”

The award was presented at the Houses of Parliament.