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Right Arrow Hospital Trust again named as one of Britains top 40 Hospitals - PR/05/0506
28 April 2005 at 14:07
For the fourth year running, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been named among the top performers at the country’s fifth 40 Top Hospitals programme as assessed by the country’s leading hospital benchmarking company, CHKS. The Trust is the only one on Merseyside to be among this year’s 40 Top Hospitals, and one of only five from the North West.

Commenting on the Trust’s achievement, Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said, “We have entered this programme for the last four 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 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 also very satisfying as it is an opportunity to be judged against other Trusts across the country.”

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.

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. More trusts entered the programme this year compared to last year.

The report is based on indicators within three key areas: clinical effectiveness and outcomes, efficiency and patient-carer experience. The report is complied from data collected over 12 months to December 2004, which represents the most up to date data available to the NHS. The following seventeen indicators developed by CHKS were used in the assessment:

• Risk adjusted mortality index
• Emergency readmission rates (within 28 days of discharge)
• Discharge of stroke patients to their own home
• Discharge of patients to home after hip operations
• Risk adjusted complications index
• The planning and management of day cases
• Day case rate for specific procedures (nominated by the British Association of Day Surgery)
• Risk adjusted length of stay index
• Cost of in-patient activity (case mix adjusted and assessed for market forces)
• Missed outpatient appointments
• Procedures not carried out due to hospital decision
• Proportion of waiting list patients treated who waited less than 6 months
• Proportion of waiting list patients treated who waited less than 12 months
• Proportion of surgical treatments provided to patients over 75 (case mix & population adjusted)
• Staff survey across hospitals to assess the impact of the NHS as an employer
• Hospital acquired infection rates (MRSA only)
• Out-patient and A&E survey of patients experience e.g. respect and dignity, prompt access and co-ordination of care

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.

Notes to Editors

1. 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