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Horton’s hip fracture team named as one of the best in the country for sixth year in a row

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

The hospital, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, reached all eight of its best practice targets in nearly 90 percent of patients, while the average nationally is 57 percent.

The latest figures were published in the 2018 National Hip Fracture Audit, which compares the performance of 175 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The national report shows that over 95 percent of patients admitted to the Horton General Hospital underwent surgery either on the same day, or the day after, significantly surpassing the national average of 69 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.

Almost all patients were given memory assessments when they arrived at the hospital, exceeding the national average of 94 percent.

Dr Angela Kannan is the Clinical Lead for the Horton Trauma team. She said: "This is really wonderful news for us. It reflects the expertise and commitment of all our team, who are consistently providing excellent treatment all the way through arrival at the Emergency Department through to surgery and ward care.

"Hip fractures are very common - there were nearly 66,000 in the UK last year, 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."

Dr Jon Westbrook, Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma and Specialist Surgery and Children's, 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.

"It's no coincidence that these results come shortly off the back of the team's recent 'Clinical Team of the Year' at our Staff Recognition Awards - it's fantastic to see them recognised both by established medical institutions and their peers."

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, said: "This is excellent news for patients receiving hip fracture surgery at the Horton General Hospital. I visited the team in Banbury earlier this year and was very impressed by the care pathway. It is reassuring that patients are receiving timely, expert care at the hands of the team at the Horton."