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Horton hip fracture team one of the best for tenth year running

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This article is from 18 October 2022

Patients attending the Horton General Hospital for hip fracture treatment can rest assured they're getting some of the best care as the Hip Fracture Team has once again been named one of the top hospitals in the country for the tenth year running.

The hospital, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, met all of its best practice criteria in nearly 92 percent of patients, while the average nationally is just under 54 percent - putting the team in the top three of national tables for this.

The latest figures were published in the annual National Hip Fracture Audit, which compared the performance of 164 trauma units in England and Wales in 2021 - throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national report showed that:

  • 100 percent of patients received a prompt assessment by an orthogeriatrician (national average of 87 percent)
  • 89 percent of patients received prompt surgery (national average of 59 percent)
  • nearly 97 percent of patients didn't develop pressure ulcers during their hospital stay (national average of just under 94 percent)
  • 100 percent of our patients were assessed by a physiotherapist the day after surgery (national average of just over 97 percent).

Sam Anand, Lead Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Horton, said: "We always look forward to this annual review of our hip fracture services at the Horton. These results go to show the expertise and commitment of all our team, which is especially rewarding when you consider this report covers the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These fractures are very common, and they're often suffered by elderly or frail people who need rapid care. We're really pleased we can help them in such an efficient and effective way."

Jonathan Young, Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma, Specialist Surgery, Children's and Neonates, said: "Once again, we're very proud of the work our Trauma team at the Horton undertakes for these patients, who benefit from such rapid and expert surgery. These results are testament to the commitment, care, and compassion shown by the entire team

"I'm delighted to see that patients being looked after by our team at the Horton could receive such excellent care at what is still a very challenging time for the NHS."

For full results, please visit the National Hip Fracture Database website:

National Hip Fracture Database