Award-winning hospital team invites local people to learn about the latest in hip fracture care

Posted: October 16, 2019

Free health talk at GWH on Wednesday 23 October, 6.00pm

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to attend a free health talk to learn how care has improved for patients recovering from a broken hip.

Over the last three years, the hip fracture team has introduced a new holistic approach to care, which is based on the latest evidence and best practice and was developed in collaboration with NHS trusts across the country.

Patients are now more likely to live for longer and experience a better quality of life, compared to just a few years ago when 10 per cent of hip fracture patients died within 30 days of leaving hospital.

Golden Hip Award 500

The team (pictured above) was recently awarded 'The Golden Hip Award' for their new approach to care which is significantly reducing mortality rates and improving the quality of life for patients who have suffered a broken hip.

The vast majority of hip fractures occur in people over the age of 65, who are more likely to fall or injure their hip due to reduced vision, mobility or conditions such as dementia.

Commenting on the importance of improved care for hip fracture patients, Mr Alexander Ashmore, lead speaker and Trauma and Orthopaedics Consultant said:

"By giving older patients with hip fractures additional nutrition, along with other interventions such as early mobilisation, prompt surgery, consistent pain relief and standardisation of care, we have saved an additional 35 lives in the last year.

"In many ways, how a hospital treats patients with broken hips can be an indication of the quality of care they provide overall.

"We are proud of the improvements we've made and we're sharing our success story with local people to inspire confidence in the quality of care they will receive here."

The free event will be held from 6.00pm on Wednesday 23 October in the Academy at the Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon.

Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

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