UCLH has second best mortality rate in the NHS 

09/12/2013 00:00 
UCLH remains one of the best performing NHS trusts in the country according to the prestigious Dr Foster Hospital Guide.

The annual healthcare report rated UCLH as the second best performing trust in the country against the NHS Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI).

This is based on all medical conditions including deaths in hospital and deaths in the 30 days after discharge from hospital.

UCLH patients are also less likely to need to be urgently readmitted after being discharged from hospital, confirming patients are discharged when clinically fit and with appropriate support to help their recovery. UCLH achieved ‘better than expected’ results in 3 out of 4 indicators relating to emergency readmissions.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This highlights that UCLH remains one of the best performing hospital trusts in the country. We pride ourselves on continually striving to offer the best and safest care possible to our patients and these statistics are a reflection of that commitment.

“Although Dr Foster’s methodology changes from year to year, UCLH has not been outside the top group of trusts since the ratings started more than 10 years ago. I would like to congratulate all UCLH staff for consistently providing such a high quality service to our patients.”

Dr Foster used data from The NHS Information Centre (NHSIC). The NHSIC now publishes more consistent, comprehensive data based on all deaths in hospital and those that occur up to 30 days after discharge.

The NHS Information Centre has used what is known as the ‘summary hospital-level mortality indicator’ to highlight the extent which mortality rates vary from trust to trust.

It compares the actual number of patients who die following treatment at a trust with the number who would be expected to die, given the characteristics of the patients treated there. It categorises them as: ‘as expected', ‘higher than expected' and ‘lower than expected' using two differing methods of classification.

To view this year’s Dr Foster Hospital Guide click here

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