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Horton General Hospital best in country for hip fracture care

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Banbury's Horton General Hospital has been ranked as the best in the country for the treatment of patients with hip fractures, new figures reveal. It has now been in the top five performing hospitals for this service for the fifth consecutive year.

The hospital, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, reached all eight of its best practice targets in over 90 percent of patients, while the average nationally is just 59 percent.

The latest figures were published in the 2017 National Hip Fracture Audit, which compares the performance of 177 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The national report shows that nearly 95 percent of patients admitted to the Horton General Hospital underwent surgery either on the same day, or the day after, surpassing the national average of 70 percent.

The report also highlighted that the Horton General Hospital has some of the lowest mortality figures in the country for patients with hip fractures, placing it in the top five.

100 percent of patients were given memory assessments and nutrition screenings upon presentation to the hospital, beating the national average of 95 percent and 84 percent respectively.

Dr Angela Kannan is the Clinical Lead for the Horton Trauma team:

"We are delighted with the findings of this year's report. It reflects the expertise and commitment of all our team who are consistently providing excellent treatment from a patient's arrival in A/E, through to surgery and ward care.

"Across the country, 67,000 people suffered a hip fracture last year. They are often elderly and frail and it is vital that they are treated quickly and effectively to ensure the best possible outcomes."

Dr Jon Westbrook, Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma and Specialist Surgery, said:

"We continue to be very proud of the work that the Trauma team at the Horton undertakes for this group of patients for whom early and expert surgery brings such benefits.

"The team of nurses, physiotherapists, theatre staff, anaesthetists and surgeons have done fantastically well to maintain this level of performance over so many years under increasingly pressured times in healthcare."