Top gong for Horton Hip Fracture Clinic

Patients attending the Horton General Hospital for hip fracture treatment can once again rest assured they’re getting some of the best care as the Hip Fracture Team has once again been named one of the best in the country for the seventh year running.

The team receiving the ‘Clinical Team of the Year’ award at 2018’s Staff Recognition Awards.
The team receiving the ‘Clinical Team of the Year’ award at 2018’s Staff Recognition Awards.

The hospital, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, met all of its best practice criteria in nearly 90 percent of patients, while the average nationally is 58 percent.

The latest figures were published in the 2019 National Hip Fracture Audit, which compares the performance of 175 hospitals in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The national report shows that over 90 percent of patients admitted to the Horton General Hospital underwent surgery either on the same day, or the day after, significantly surpassing the national average of 69 percent.

It also showed that:

  • 99.5 percent of patients received a physiotherapist assessment the day after surgery
  • 99 percent of patients received a falls assessment
  • Nearly 98 percent of patients didn’t develop pressure ulcers during their hospital stay

Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, received a letter from NHS England and Improvement congratulating the team on being among the best in the country.

Dr Angela Kannan, Clinical Lead for the Horton Trauma team, said: “We always look forward to this annual review of our hip fracture services at the Horton. This year’s results go to show the expertise and commitment of all our team, who are consistently providing excellent treatment all the way through arrival at the Emergency Department through to surgery and ward care.

“Hip fractures are very common – there were nearly over 66,300 in the UK last year, and they’re often suffered by elderly or frail people who need rapid care. We’re really pleased we can help them in such an efficient and effective way.”

Dr Jon Westbrook, Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma and Specialist Surgery and Children’s, said: “Once again, we’re very proud of the work our Trauma team at the Horton undertakes for these patients, who benefit from such rapid and expert surgery. These results are testament to the commitment, care and compassion shown by the entire team.”

For full results, please visit the NHFD website.

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