Hospital praised for stroke services

A Norfolk hospital has been named as one of the top performing hospitals for patients who have had a stroke, according to an independent healthcare survey.

The 2010 Dr Foster Hospital Guide aims to give patients independent, easy to understand information about how their local hospitals are performing in terms of operation outcomes and safety rates.

The guide said The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn had considerably better than expected death rates for patients who had had a stroke.

Out of the 30 indicators used by Dr Foster it performed as well as, or better than expected, in 29 out of 30.

Medical director Dr Geoff Hunnam, said: 'We plan to improve stroke care even further next year with the appointment of a third stroke physician and additional nurses which will allow us to offer a thrombolysis service – rapid intervention using clot-busting drugs – around the clock, seven days a week.

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'We are, however, disappointed to note that the Dr Foster guide identifies us as having higher than expected re-operation rates in one aspect of prostate surgery.

'We have undertaken an audit of all such cases as a result and are confident that the re-operations were all clinically appropriate and that no patients have suffered as a result. This issue will be kept under close review to ensure we deliver best practice.'

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West Suffolk Hospital was named as one of the best for its orthopaedic service.

Dermot O'Riordan, medical director, said: 'We take great pride in the service we offer to patients who need hip or knee replacements, and as such are particularly pleased that our orthopaedic department has been named as one of the six best performing in the country.

'This is the latest in a line of accolades for the department, which has recently been shortlisted for several prestigious awards and named as a top performer for the health benefits which patients experience following hip replacement surgery. We would like to thank all of the staff involved for their hard work, and look forward to building on this success for the continued benefit of our patients in the future.'

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was identified as performing a high number of urological operations on pelvic cancer patients, which the watchdog said was a likely indicator of consistently high standards.

However, it was picked out as one of the trusts with poorer data-recording and low 'adverse events', which Dr Foster said could be a sign that these medical mistakes are not being recorded.

Krishna Sethia, medical director for the N&N, said: 'We are always seeking opportunities to further improve the services we provide and involve patients, patients' representatives, other local health partners and our staff in this work. We are constantly working to improve the quality of our services and have recently introduced a new IT system and additional educational programmes to support our work to improve patient safety.'

JPUH's figures for post operative respiratory failure places the trust among the best performing hospitals for this category and its figures were overall positive and within expected ranges.

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