3 December 2012 – Airedale named as one of top hospitals in England

Posted on December 3, 2012 by AireAdmin

A West Yorkshire hospital has been named as one of two runners up in a national hospital guide, published today (3 December) by Dr Foster.

Airedale Hospital has received the accolade – as a runner up for the Trust of the Year award – for its low mortality and high clinical efficiency rating over the last 12 months.

For the first time, Dr Foster has looked at the relationship between clinical efficiency and quality by comparing mortality ratios with an index of 13 indicators of inefficient practice. Very few hospitals stand out as delivering efficiencies and high quality care – Airedale is one of only four out of the 145 trusts analysed to score well in both measures.

Speaking about the decision to name Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as a runner up in Trust of the Year, Roger Taylor, director of research, for Dr Foster Intelligence, said: “With NHS budgets tightening, it is important that hospitals are not only providing excellent care but are doing so in a cost-effective way.

“We applaud Airedale as one of the few hospitals to achieve lower-than-expected death rates as well as being one of the best performers in our new clinical efficiency ratings.”

The 2012 hospital guide, produced by Dr Foster, is an annual publication which looks at hospitals across England and compares the quality, safety and performance of each organisation using a range data.  This includes emergency readmissions, long lengths of stay, discharges without a diagnosis, patients not attending appointments and ineffective procedures.  Data comparisons for Airedale revealed lower (better) than expected results.

Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, says: “We are delighted to feature as one of the two runners up in the national Dr Foster 2012 Hospital Guide.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our staff and recognises the hard work they do every day to make sure the care patients receive is of the highest quality, provides successful outcomes and is carried out with empathy and compassion.

“It also builds on earlier successes this year (May), when Airedale was named by CHKS, an independent provider of healthcare intelligence, as the winner of a national award for patient safety for 2012.

“Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is an innovative, efficient, effective and hard working district general hospital, which puts patient experience at the heart of everything it does. Our commissioners and local community can be proud that their local hospital has been recognised by Dr Foster as being fit for the future.”

The Hospital Guide 2012 can be found at www.drfosterhealth.co.uk and includes a link to find out how hospitals performed.