Staff delight at hospital’s recognition

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North Tyneside General Hospital has once again been named among the top in the country for high quality, timely care of patients who break their hips.

For the fourth consecutive year, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has performed among the best trusts nationally for operating on patients within 36 hours of being admitted to hospital – the government’s recommended ‘best practice tariff’ standard.

Overall, 92 per cent of patients received surgery within 36 hours with the National Hip Fracture Database 2013 naming the hospital second in the country.

Mike Reed, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the trust, said: “Suffering a broken hip is an extremely serious condition that potentially can be fatal. People who fall and break their hip are often frail and elderly and are some of our most vulnerable patients.

“This report showcases the very best hip fracture care in the country and we are pleased that, for the fourth year in a row, we have two of the best performing hospitals.

“This is down to the hard work of our teams who provide expert care in hospitals, in the community and in patients’ homes.”

Ann Wright, director of operations, added: “As one of the busiest orthopaedic departments in the north east, we are delighted that, once again, we have been rated as among the best in the country.

“Caring for hip fracture patients is a key priority for us and our programme of care is delivering real benefits for our patients.”