A NEW report by healthcare experts has crowned the trust running Stafford Hospital the best performing in the region and one of the top 15 in the country.
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide rates trusts on Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) calculated using information collected from ever hospital in England on a monthly basis and by dividing the actual number of deaths by the expected number of deaths, and multiplying the resulting figure by 100.
The expected number of deaths, calculated by Dr Foster Intelligence, takes into account a range of factors including age, sex, whether the patient was an emergency admission or not, their primary diagnosis and procedures followed and whether there were any other medical complications.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Maggie Oldham said: “We are very pleased that the safety of services at Mid Staffs is evidenced by an overall Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) of 83.23 for the last year (against the national average for all Trusts being a value of 100).
“This data from Dr Foster is just one of the measures we use to assess the quality of care we provide and to help us identify any areas where we can improve further.”
Mrs Oldham said there was always more that could be done adding staff at the trust were ‘determined’ to continue to do everything they could.
“I would like to thank our staff who have remained focussed on providing safe care for patients through what is an exceptionally challenging time for the Trust,” she said. “I would also like to encourage anyone who is considering applying for a post with us not to hesitate as we really do need more staff of a high calibre so that we can maintain our high standards for patients.”
Medical director, Paul Woodmansey said data in the report showed the trust had more patients than expected in the categories for emergency readmissions of patients admitted or discharged at weekends.
“Our Readmissions Group has been looking at these figures and has found that the reason why these figures are high is that our Paediatric Assessment Unit offers ‘open access’ to parents,” he said.
“This means that if a child is well enough, the doctors will let the family take him/her home, but will offer them the opportunity to bring the child back if they have any concerns.
“This approach is much appreciated by the families and means that children can be back home as soon as possible.”
Results from a different indicator, Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) also show low mortality levels at MSFT, with the trust scoring 92.23 for the period April 2012 to March 2013 against a national average value of 100.
SHMI results are produced and published quarterly by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and is the ratio between the actual number of patients who die following treatment at the trust and the number that would be expected to die on the basis of average England figures, given the characteristics of the patients treated there.