Fig­ures show St Peter’s in top 16 for hip ops

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FOR any­one un­for­tu­nate enough to fall and break a hip, St Peter’s Hos­pi­tal in Chert­sey has once again come out as one of the safest places in the coun­try to be treated. The lat­est re­port by the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians, de­tail­ing out­comes for pa­tients ad­mit­ted to 182 hos­pi­tals in Eng­land with a hip frac­ture in 2013, shows that Ash­ford & St Peter’s was in the top 16 trusts for achiev­ing ‘Best Prac­tice’ in a range of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing op­er­a­tions within 36 hours of ad­mis­sion and a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach (doc­tors, nurses and ther­a­pists work­ing to­gether) to as­sess­ment and after-care. Three-year data (201113) showed the trust has a low mor­tal­ity for hip frac­ture pa­tients and was in the top 12 per­form­ing trusts in the coun­try. The av­er­age length of stay in hos­pi­tal is also fall­ing steadily for the trust’s hip-frac­ture pa­tients, now around 18 days, which is bet­ter for pa­tients. Con­sul­tant ortho-geri­a­tri­cian Dr Rad­cliffe Lisk said: “We are de­lighted that all the thought and hard work the trust has put in over the past three years to im­prov­ing out­comes for our el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients has been recog­nised. “Hip frac­ture is one of the most se­ri­ous con­se­quences of falls in the el­derly. “Pa­tients with hip frac­tures have com­plex med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion needs and we are demon­strat­ing that a well­co­or­di­nated mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team ap­proach is es­sen­tial for the best out­come.”

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