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Right Arrow Dr Foster study backs hospital's safe and clean reputation
01 December 2009 at 12:08
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital has been recognised as one of the best NHS trusts in the North West for patient safety.

The independent findings by Dr Foster Intelligence ranked the Trust sixth out of 23 in a study which looked at a basket of patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience indicators.

The Trust was also highlighted for the quality of its keyhole (or laproscopic) surgery for gall bladder conditions and the very low number of day cases where patients have to stay overnight.

Jonathan Parry, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “This is excellent news once again for the tens of thousands of patients we treat every year and we would urge them to use studies such as this to choose where they are treated.

“Our staff pride themselves on providing safe, clean and friendly care. So, it’s a big reason to celebrate when you hear an independent organisation confirming we’re achieving what we set out to do 365 days a year.”

Medical director Mohsen Iskander added: “I was particularly pleased to see our use of keyhole techniques for gall bladder surgery being highlighted.

“Keyhole surgery is used widely in the Trust because of the many benefits it can have for patients. These include a reduced risk of infection, less pain with the need for less medication, less scarring and a shorter stay in hospital which means getting back to a normal life more quickly.“

Case study: Pensioner ‘really impressed’ by keyhole surgery

Mrs Patricia Wallace, 73, lives with husband Bill in Aughton between Ormskirk and Maghull. She recently underwent keyhole surgery to remove her gall bladder and has nothing but praise for the surgeons and staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

"I had been feeling unwell earlier in the year and went to my GP who referred me to hospital. They thought I might have a hiatus hernia and this was confirmed a bit later when I had an ultrasound. I was told I also had gall stones and I would be referred to a surgeon.

"In the summer, I saw consultant surgeon Mr Rohan Gunasekera at Ormskirk hospital who said he thought I needed my gall bladder removed. He said that he would be doing it laproscopically.

“He explained what that meant and how it would mean four very small incisions rather than one large one and he really put my mind at ease. I have had to have a couple of operations in the past so I was pleased that I would not have to stay in hospital as long and go through the discomfort like before.

"Because it was our golden wedding anniversary in October, Mr Gunasekera agreed to postpone the operation until after then. I went in to Southport hospital on the morning of 4th November, had the operation that afternoon and was home again the following day.

“For the first few days I felt a bit sore, but it is now only three weeks since the operation and I feel fine with no tenderness at all. It is all very neat and tidy with just two small incisions either side of my belly-button and two on my side. I haven't even had to have the stitches out because they used the type that dissolves.

"All in all I have been really impressed. It was good to have only stayed in hospital for one night, it’s always nice to get back home. A district nurse came round twice in the first week to change the dressings and I feel I'm getting back to normal really quickly."

Notes to Editors

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Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
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