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Poole Hospital one of the best for hip fracture care

Poole Hospital has again been rated as one of the best in the country for the care of patients with a hip fracture.

The hospital has consistently ranked amongst the lowest mortality rates and shortest lengths of stay for patients with broken hips in mainland Britain.

Almost 100 per cent of hip fracture patients are reviewed by a senior orthogeriatrician within 72 hours of admission. 90 per cent of these are seen in the first 24 hours.

The average time patients with a broken hip spend at the hospital is 14.9 days, compared to the national average of 21.6 days.

The hospital manages the most hip fractures in the country, with nearly 1,000 patients seen every year.

The latest figures were published in this year’s National Hip Fracture Audit which compares the performance of 177 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Poole Hospital’s low mortality figures were highlighted in the report.

Many of the patients who visit the hospital for hip fracture care are elderly and have other underlying medical problems that often need to be addressed before a major operation can take place.

The hospital’s strong performance is down to initiatives including ensuring patients are seen and assessed as soon as possible following their admission by a senior doctor who cares for the patient throughout their stay, regardless of the day they are admitted.

Gwendoline Neal, 98, was admitted to Poole Hospital after falling at home.

“I’ve been looked after really well and my treatment has been very good,” said Gwendoline.

“I was a bit worried when I first came in but I was seen quickly and I already feel better.

“All the staff have been helpful and I’ve had lots of peace and quiet while I’ve been recovering.”

Dr Nick Perry, consultant physician, is one of the team behind the hospital’s orthogeriatric service.

“Our performance is a credit to all of the staff involved, including doctors, nurses and therapists and reflects the hard work and dedication of every member of the team,” he said.

“It’s important that patients leave hospital and return to independence in a timely way – we know that patients, particularly the elderly, can deteriorate while in hospital.

“Surgical care is of course a vital component of the care older trauma patients receive, but with the focused support of consultants who specialise in medicine for the elderly, we can achieve the very best outcomes possible.

‘Importantly, the service isn’t just confined to those people suffering from a broken hip - all of the older patients in the hospital with other types of fracture are seen by the orthogeriatric team, a service very few if any other hospitals in the country provide.

“Delivering this care on a seven days a week basis means the medical needs of our patients are proactively managed, and we can look ahead to planning their discharge home from hospital sooner.”

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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