Chiefs celebrate hospital award

HOSPITAL chiefs are celebrating after being included in a Good Hospital Guide.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised and is included in the annual Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2011.

The guide, due out today, highlights three key areas in which the trust is doing better than expected.

They relate to the care given to stroke patients and patients being dealt speedily for hip and knee replacements.

The trust’s inclusion in the guide was announced at the last board meeting held at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Papers from the meeting stated: “The Trust has not only performed within expected outcomes against all but one indicator, re-admissions post hip replacement, but will also be specifically named as delivering better than expected outcomes against three key indicators.”

They are the standard rate of long length stay for stroke, the rate of non-discharge to place of residence within 56 days of admission of stroke patients and early supported discharge for hip and knee replacements.

The trust papers added: “Although a small indicator set, this is an excellent result for the Trust, reflective of the safe, high quality and efficient services provided to patients.”

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide is designed to make it easy for patients and GPs to find the hospital best suited to their needs.

It is a comprehensive directory of NHS and private hospitals in the UK and provides a raft of useful health information to help decide where to receive treatment.

Paul Garvin, chairman of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust welcomed their inclusion and said: “I think it’s absolutely great if we are being seen nationally for good performance.”