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16 May 2008 at 16:37
For the seventh year running, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been named among the top performers in the country’s 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 Group, the UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services, used detailed analysis of publicly-available data to assess UK hospitals. Based on this data they made awards to 40 Top hospital trusts based on the evaluation of 20 key performance indicators covering clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Commenting on the Trust’s achievement, Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said, “For the last seven years we have entered this programme 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.”

Pictured from l to r are: Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund; Michele Morgan, Cathy Byrne and Margaret Johnson-McDevitt, all from Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Graham Harries, Chief Executive of CHKS.

Notes to Editors

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 length of stay
3. Rate of emergency readmission to hospital - 28 days
4. Rate of emergency readmission to hospital following treatment for a fractured hip
5. Day Case rate for target procedures (case mix adjusted)
6. Day Case conversion rate (case mix adjusted)
7. Overall Data Quality
8. Rate of emergency readmission to hospital following AMI within 28 days
9. Rate of emergency readmission to hospital within 14 days - COPD
10. Percentage of elective inpatients admitted on day of procedure
11. Pre-op length of stay for fractured neck of femur
12. Pre-op LOS for elective surgery
13. Percentage of elective In-patient admission with no procedure
14. HRG Reference costs with market forces factor adjustment
15. Missed out-patient appointments (1st attendance)
16. Reported MRSA bacteraemia rate
17. Reported C-difficile rate for patients aged 65 or over
18. Procedures not carried out - hospital decision
19. Patient Survey
20. Waiting times for common diagnostic procedure (procedure adjusted)


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