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Right Arrow Trust best performing AQ hospital for third year running
01 February 2012 at 13:58
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is the best performing Advancing Quality hospital in the North West for the third year running, according to new analysis.

Advancing Quality (AQ) hospitals aim to reduce complications, lengths of stay and readmissions for patients in regularly performed treatments including heart attacks, hip and knee surgery and heart failure by promoting consistent good practice.

Analysis by the Trust of data submitted to Advancing Quality shows it is not only the best overall performer for the third year running but the most consistent.

Advancing Quality is the flagship programme of the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), the North West's health improvement organisation.

The Trust’s scores in its four treatment areas have been consistently high performing since the programme began nearly four years ago.

Factors driving the Trust’s success include continuing what we already do well, improving discharge arrangements, introducing new patient information and enhancing training for staff.

Dr Geraldine Boocock, medical director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “These results again show how successfully our doctors, nurses and other clinical staff are delivering the agreed quality standards for patients.

“They are also a credit to the hard work of our staff and will give extra confidence to patients choosing to be treated at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: "We are all extremely pleased with these results which show our absolute commitment to high quality patient care.

“We combine this as a Trust with a safe and friendly service and are conscious of the very important part we play in our community where health issues are of such importance."

Advancing Quality was launched in October 2008 with 24 Trusts across the North West participating and scores how well trusts are delivering against key quality of care measures.

From today patients can find out more about the scores and compare them with hospitals across the region by visiting

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

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.