Hip hooray for Weston General Hospital in health guide

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By Prue_Reid | Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 19:07

In a good health guide to hospitals Weston is one of the best in country especially for hip replacement surgery.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust is ranked in the top six most clinically efficient hospitals in the country in the 2012 Dr Foster Hospital Guide published this week.

A spokesman for the 250-bed hospital supported by 1,800 staff said: "This demonstrates how Weston is successfully striving to deliver the highest level of quality and safe care to our local population. "

WAHT which runs Weston General Hospital was particularly highlighted for having the smallest percentage in England of patients readmitted to hospital within seven days. 

A jewel in Weston's crown was identified by Dr Foster as its hip replacement service, which scored very highly, largely because of the very low number of patients requiring any revision to their surgery later on.

It also performed well in categories relating to: 

  • high numbers of procedures performed as day cases; and 
  • low lengths of stay for patients having elective procedures, such as hip and knee replacements.
Medical director Nick Gallegos said: "In an exceptionally tough financial environment for the NHS, we welcome the Dr Foster analysis of the hospital's performance, which reflects the very hard work put in by staff from all departments within the WAHT.

"Going forward into the next financial year, it is essential that WAHT continues to make the most efficient use of its valuable resources.

"Overall, our length of stay has fallen further and faster than for many of our peers this year, demonstrating the hospital's drive to improve the quality of care for our patients.

"The extremely good outcome for our elective hip replacement service is a tribute to the skill of our orthopaedic team and the dedication of all the staff who support the care of these patients." 

Full details of the 2012 Dr Foster Hospital Guide can be found by clicking HERE.

Currently WAHT has an annual budget of £90 million and treats around 180,000 patients from across Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area every year.

Approximately 212,000 people in North Somerset which includes more than 70 per  cen of people living in the four main towns of Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea are in the catchment area for Weston General Hospital.

A further 3.3 million day trippers and 375,000 staying visitors increase this base population of this popular tourist destination annually.

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