Great Western Hospital is best performing in new national pilot

Posted: February 5, 2019

Saving 80 lives over the last three years

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has won the 'Golden Hip Award' in recognition of significant and sustained improvements in hip fracture care, after taking part in the scaling up hip quality improvement project.

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The project, based on prize-winning improvement work of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, was implemented across six Trusts in England and Scotland and involved giving older patients with hip fractures additional nutrition, in the form of an extra meal a day, along with other interventions such as early mobilisation, prompt surgery, consistent pain relief and standardisation of care.

The pilot has supported a reduction in mortality rates for patients with hip fractures, dropping from 11.5 percent, to 5.4 percent.

As a result of this award, the Trust is now considered an exemplar hospital with regards to hip fracture care. The Trust held an open event in December 2018, where other Trusts attended to learn more about the positive results seen as an outcome of the hip fracture quality improvement project.

Rebecca Watkins, Head of Service for Trauma and Orthopaedics, said: "This pilot has been incredibly successful for elderly patients spending time in our Trust.

"We have seen a boost in morale, with patients feeling more positive and stronger. As a result of the improvements made, patients are recovering quicker and we have seen fewer deaths in hip fracture patients.

"We are proud to have been a part of this successful project, and that the team's achievements have been recognised by receiving the Golden Hip Award. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of patient care that we provide, and will definitely be continuing with the initiatives we have implemented as part of this project."

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