Hip patients recover more quickly at Derbyshire hospital

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Elderly patients needing hip fracture operations at the Royal Derby Hospital are recovering more quickly and remaining in hospital for one of the shortest

periods of time compared to other hospitals nationwide, says a new report.

The National Hip Fracture Database National Report 2013 is a clinically-led audit of hip fracture care. It looks at six standards of care across 186 hospitals

in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The report looks at six standard measures such as prompt admission to an orthopaedic ward, length of time a patient waits for hip surgery, and standards of nursing care, to give a national overview and a hospital-by-hospital breakdown.

The report shows that 96% of Royal Derby Hospital hip fracture patients receive surgery within 48 hours, compared to the national average of 86%.

The average length of stay in hospital at Derby is 12 days, the lowest in the East Midlands and one of the lowest rates nationally. Hip fractures costs the NHS one-and-a-half-billion £s per year.

“Here at Derby Hospitals we treat around 550 patients with hip fractures each year,” says Orthopaedic Consultant Stephen Milner, who is Clinical Lead for Orthopaedic Trauma. “We are delighted to see our excellent performance in the management of hip fracture patients being maintained. This means that patients requiring hip fracture surgery here in Derby receive the best possible care. It’s also reassuring to see that, whilst the national mortality rate for this

group of patients is over 8%, at Derby Hospitals the figure is substantially lower, at 6.4%.”