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15 August 2008 at 13:57
Figures released recently by an independent health watchdog show that once again Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is leading the way among general acute Trusts within the North West.

The Trust has the lowest readmission rate of just 3.0% compared with a national average of 4.7%. This makes us not only the best non-Foundation Trust in the North West, but also the ninth best performing non-Foundation Trust hospital in the country and 13th best overall.

Readmission rates can help to monitor the success of NHS organisations in preventing or reducing unplanned readmissions to hospital. In the latest available figures for the readmission of patients within 14 days of their discharge from hospital, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has the best record for hospitals in the North West.

The figures were released by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and offer Trusts an opportunity to compare themselves against the best in the country. The Institutes suggests that readmissions may be as a result of poor treatment in hospital, badly organised rehabilitation services or inadequate support services when a person is transferred home following treatment. It also states that although it is difficult to tell how many readmissions are linked to the original treatment, readmissions can be avoided if the correct local procedures are in place.

Mike Frayne, Deputy Chief Executive, said, “This is good news for our patients as it shows that we have the right local procedures in place to enable as smooth a discharge as possible. However, we are by no means complacent regarding this and we will continue to try to improve on these readmission rates.”

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714