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Right Arrow Trust is a Top 40 Hospitals for sixth year running
15 May 2007 at 16:51
For the sixth year running, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been named among the top performers in the country’s sixth 40 Top Hospitals programme assessed by the country’s leading hospital benchmarking company, CHKS.

Figures released this week by independent benchmarking expert CHKS reveal that patients treated at a 40 Top Hospital are safer and less likely to pick up hospital acquired infections such as MRSA.

CHKS examined the number of actual deaths versus the expected number of deaths for each hospital and discovered that although overall mortality rates are falling across most hospitals, on average there were 297 fewer deaths than expected within each of the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals compared to 73 fewer deaths than expected for those outside this group.

The analysis also found that there were 12% fewer MRSA infections within the CHKS 40 Top and that the use of beds was more efficient so the hospitals are able to treat more patients.

Commenting on the Trust’s achievement, Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said, “We have entered this programme for the last six years and each year we have been named in the 40 Top Hospitals and this is a fantastic achievement. We would not have received this award if it weren’t for the hard work of all our staff. It shows that their skill, dedication and commitment has improved the quality of care we provide to our patients and the health community. This award is particularly satisfying as it is an opportunity to be judged against other Trusts across the country.”

In this year’s programme a number of NHS Trusts have improved their performance in the indicators selected by CHKS, making the achievement of a place in the top 40 that much harder. In addition, more trusts entered the programme this year than last year.

Using the most up to date data available to the NHS, 20 performance indicators (listed below), including mortality rates and MRSA rates, cancelled procedures and information from patient surveys, are used to assess clinical effectiveness, outcomes, efficiency and patient-carer experience.

Graham Harries, Chief Executive, CHKS said: “Hospitals using our benchmarking tools are working to achieve targets in a very challenging environment. Good news stories in the NHS are often overshadowed and we are proud to be able to highlight and reward some of the best practice and excellent work done in the NHS. These success stories should not only give patients faith in their health service but also reward staff for their dedication and efforts to improve their performance and provide the best possible service.”

Notes to Editors

Pictured are Karen Swift (left) and Jeanette Sefton proudly receiving the award on behalf of all Trust staff from Graham Harries, Chief Executive of CHKS Limited and Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund.

The independent CHKS review covers the whole of the United Kingdom and looks at the performance of one hundred and twenty hospitals. The Study is not a league table and all the hospital trusts entered into the programme because they wanted their performance to be measured against recognised clinical healthcare standards.

1. Risk Adjusted Mortality
2. Risk Adjusted Complications
3. Risk Adjusted Length of Stay
4. Readmissions Emergency Within 28 Days
5. Readmissions Emergency Fractured Hip
6. Day Case Rate (Trolley Procedures)
7. Day Case Overstays (Trolley procedures)
8. Surgical Patients over 65 years
9. Surgical Patients over 75 years
10. Procedure Not Carried Out (Hospital Decision)
11. Discharged Home within 56 Days of Emergency Stroke
12. Discharged Home within 28 Days of Emergency Hip Fracture
13. Reference Costs 2005
14. Diagnostics 6-13 weeks wait
15. Diagnostics 13 + weeks wait
16. Outpatient attendance at 1st visit
17. MRSA
18. Clostridium - Difficile
19. Staff Survey
20. Overall Data Quality

Each of the 40 Top Hospitals is an achiever of high quality care. The participating hospitals are representative of hospital care across the UK and importantly they were invited to enter the programme.

CHKS is CASP (Clinical Accountability Services Planning and Evaluation) Healthcare Knowledge Services.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk