20 February 2014 – Airedale Hospital scoops award for low death rates
A national award was presented to Airedale Hospital this week for having low mortality rates at weekends.
The Trust was one of 12 trusts to receive a highly commended award for improving their performance at weekends including low re-admissions rates from 2011/12 to 2012/13.
Data gathered for the annual Dr Foster Hospital Guide – which analyses information from all NHS health trusts – showed that Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is also named as one of only eight trusts with very low mortality rates for both weekdays and weekends and one of only six trusts with very low readmission rates for both weekdays and weekends.
The report also notes that Airedale is one of just 20 hospital trusts where mortality rates are significantly lower than expected on at least two out of four (and not high on any) of the key mortality measures, including deaths in low-risk conditions and deaths after surgery.
This is the 12th edition of the Dr Foster Guide which is an independent assessment of NHS hospitals, highlighting variations in care and also celebrating success within the NHS.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of our staff as it is recognition of the hard work they do every day to make sure the care patients receive is of the highest quality and that it is carried out with the same level of safety whether it be during the week or at weekend.
“I am particularly pleased that our weekend mortality rates have improved since last year as we have introduced new ways of working including a new model for delivering acute medical care services which provides more consultant delivered care in the evenings and weekends and allows GPs to get prompt advice from a consultant. More patients are being assessed very swiftly by advanced nurse practitioners and investigations are being carried out as quickly as possible at an ambulatory care centre.
Dr Harold Hosker, acting medical director of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The award is a tribute to the commitment, talent and compassion of all of our staff, and the teamworking approach that is the hallmark of all we do at Airedale.
“There is a lot more to do to further improve care in the months and years to come, but I am confident we have the right vision, the right people in place and a strong commitment to better care”.
The Hospital Guide 2013 can be found at www.myhospitalguide.com.