North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been named in the latest National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) annual report alongside ten other trusts. Specifically, it has been praised for having a 30 day mortality rate in 2017 that was better than the majority of other units. Put simply, fewer of its patients die within 30 days of developing a hip fracture when compared to the national average.
So what does the Trust do differently? Two of its consultants, Dr Wards and Dr Blackett, provide a dynamic service tailored to their orthopaedic geriatric patients. Whilst many Trusts review patients only once during their stay, North Tees takes an innovative approach, assessing patients at the point of admission and re-assessing right through to the point of discharge. The team is also made up of two orthopaedic geriatric nurse practitioners who support the service by ensuring that patients get any additional care they might need. The Trust prides itself on having a hugely successful Orthopaedic unit that embraces joint up working with committed staff who deliver good quality care to their patients.
The report, supported by the Royal College of Physicians, highlights the importance of understanding the work of individual Orthopaedic units and how improving this care will see patients rehabilitated back into their home setting, rather than residential or care facilities. It contributes to the wider objective of improving the delivery of care for patients having falls or sustaining fractures by measuring performance against national standards.
Consultant Physician, Chris Ward said: “We are constantly reviewing our processes to ensure that we are able to provide the best possible care for our patients. By taking an innovative approach to the delivery of our in-patient care, we ensure that our hip fracture patients are reviewed from the point of admission to the point of discharge. This means we can continuously monitor their recovery and provide them with any additional care they may need, to help get them back to the comfort of their own home.”