Dr fosterThe recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years.

The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of areas:

  • The rate of people being urgently readmitted to hospital within 28 days of being discharged was in the ‘as expected’ range and below the national average;
  • The rate of patients not receiving an operation for a fracture neck of femur (FNOF) within 2 days of admission was in the ‘lower than expected’ range and one of the best performers in the country. This means that the majority of patients are being operated on quickly within 2 days of admission and fewer patients having to wait more than 2 days; and
  • The number of emergency patients who needed and had an MRI scan on the day of admission was ‘higher than expected’ and was also one of the best in the country, showing that there is good access to MRI scans and unlike other hospitals in the country there was no difference between patients admitted during the week or the weekend.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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