Pilgrim Hospital surgeon recognised as top for hip operations
PILGRIM Hospital has been recognised as one of the best in the country for its treatment of patients with broken hips.
In a comparison of 186 hospitals, the Boston hospital has come out top for ensuring that patients are operated on quickly, having a major impact on their ability to make a full recovery.
The information has been revealed in the annual report of the National Hip Fracture Database, which was published last week jointly by the Royal College of Physicians, British Orthopaedic Association, British Geriatrics Society and Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.
The changes have been overseen by surgeon Theo Joachim, who leads hip fracture management at Pilgrim Hospital.
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He said: "Most hip fractures are suffered by frail elderly patients, for whom the injury is life-threatening. Therefore the improvements we have made are saving lives.
"We have worked very hard to develop excellent care for these patients and we are delighted that our progress has been recognised and highlighted in this report."
The report also showcases the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust's Pilgrim site as an example of best practice in how improvements have been made in just 12 months.
These include figures showing the average time it takes to get a patient to the operating theatre after being admitted has more than halved, to less than a day. The average length of stay has also reduced by four days and the rate of deaths within 30 days has more than halved.
ULHT says improvements have been achieved by changing the way clinical teams work, ensuring such cases are treated as a priority, and expanding the amount of operating theatre time.