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One of the best in the country for hip fracture care

Poole hospital exterior signPoole Hospital has been recognised as one of the best in the country for its treatment of patients with broken hips.

The National Hip Fracture Database audit, which was published on 12 September 2014, compares how 182 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed when treating patients with a break to the hip joint.

With more than 850 patients seen every year, Poole Hospital treats more patients with broken hips than any other hospital in England.

Many patients are elderly and have other underlying medical problems that often need to be addressed before a major operation can take place. Timely and expert management of these health issues both before and after an operation can be challenging.

Three years ago, Poole Hospital implemented an initiative whereby senior doctors specialising in elderly care became involved in the patient’s care from admission to discharge enabling the prompt assessment of medical problems both before and after surgery as well as directing the discharge planning process This seven day a week service has resulted in patients being seen and treated more quickly and getting back on their feet and on the road to recovery far sooner.

The success of this initiative was evident in the results of the national audit showing that:

  • Almost 80% of patients underwent surgery on the day of or day after admission
  • Almost 100% of patients were reviewed by a senior geriatric consultant within 72 hours of admission, most (80%) having been seen within 24 hours
  • Patients spent on average just over 12 days in the hospital, compared to the national average of nearly three weeks
  • Poole Hospital has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.

Sylvia Potter suffered a fall at home on a Tuesday. Mrs Potter was taken to Poole Hospital’s emergency department before being admitted to a trauma ward.

On the ward, Mrs Potter was assessed within a couple of hours by a senior medical consultant as well as an orthopaedic surgeon and her surgery was booked for the following day. She was well enough to return home on Friday of the same week.

“I was so impressed,” said Mrs Potter. “It was incredible how quickly l was seen. I was x-rayed and settle up into the ward in mere hours.

“I can only say that I had excellent care.  The staff were wonderful and always there before I needed them.

“I’m home now and doing well, down to one crutch, it was the best service.”

Dr Nick Perry is one of the consultant physicians helping to ensure patients return home sooner after such major surgery.

“Surgical care is of course a vital component of the treatment 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” said Nick.

“Providing this service on a seven day 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.

“Patients admitted for such significant surgery quite rightly expect the care they receive to be timely and expert, no matter what day they are admitted – that is exactly what we strive to achieve at Poole Hospital.”

“The outstanding results highlighted in the report reflect the good practice, hard work and dedication of every member of the team.”

Date: 3 October 2014

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