Death rates at Derriford Hospital among the UK's lowest
DEATH rates at Derriford Hospital have once again been highlighted as among the lowest in the country in an independent report.
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2012 lists Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Derriford, as among 16 trusts in the country to have 'lower than expected' mortality rates.
The Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio tells patients whether – given the age, sex, social deprivation and diagnosis of patients admitted – a hospital's death rate is better or worse than the average.
A total of 100 is the score used to represent the national average so Derriford's figure of 90 indicates a death rate 10 per cent below that figure, also making Plymouth Hospitals the best in the south west.
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The proportion of patients needing to be readmitted is relatively low too, with the trust's percentage being rated "better than expected".
Readmission rates at Derriford Hospital are around six per cent better than expected.
Access to day case surgery is also amongst the best in the country. Patients can access more procedures as day case operations than in many other hospitals in the country.
The report showed that Derriford Hospital was again performing above the average of 90.8 in this area, with a percentage of 93.1.
Dr Alex Mayor, Medical Director, said: "The Hospital Guide is an important independent assessment for patients of the quality of care provided by each hospital.
"It is reassuring for our patients that we are performing so well in key areas, particularly areas which show very positive outcomes for patients like survival rates and readmission rates.
"This is down to the hard work of our highly trained and highly committed staff.
"We know there is more work to do, for example in reducing the amount of time patients who have a planned operation have to stay in hospital and reducing the number of patients whose operations are cancelled at late notice. We are continuing to focus on these areas to improve the services we offer to patients even further."