Nationally renowned surgeon Professor Chris Moran has praised the care given to patients suffering broken hips at Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust hospitals as exemplary.
Professor Moran analysed the care given to about 825 people a year who go into Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals having fractured their hip. The patients are usually elderly and frail and often have a complex variety of underlying illnesses.
Within the last two years the way this group of patients is cared for was completely transformed by the clinical teams involved, and Prof Moran concluded the results were impressive.
Professor Moran said: “The hip fracture care pathway at Western Sussex is an exemplar of good practice: if you were to write a textbook on current best practice in hip fracture care, the Western Sussex model would be it. The care pathway focuses on the needs of these elderly patients and has produced significant improvements in the quality of care, length of stay and mortality since its introduction.”
The report highlighted the ‘excellent’ communication and teamwork of all the different staff groups involved in delivering the high quality care – patients are admitted under the care of ‘orthogeriatricians’ (medical specialists with expertise in managing frail, elderly patients with fractures), and these specialists work with orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Dr Phillip Barnes, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “This group of patients is particularly vulnerable, and so it is essential that the care they are given is the best it can possibly be.
Our clinical teams have worked wonders to transform the way they work, and so to transform the care that patients receive.
Pictured: The orthogeriatic team at Worthing Hospital.