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Care rates amongst region's best

Published: 01/02/2012

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been rated amongst the best performing hospitals in the North West for treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and other key procedures.

According to the annual results of the Advancing Quality programme, Warrington and Halton Hospitals has rated as 3rd best performer out of the 25 North West hospitals for heart attack treatment, 4th best for heart failure and 7th best for pneumonia. The trust was just outside the top ten for hip and knee replacement surgery care, ranking at 11th.

The Advancing Quality programme was established in the North West in 2008 to measure that hospitals carry out the right steps with patients at the right time during their treatment.

Focusing on several clinical areas that affect many patients in the North West - heart failure, heart bypass surgery, heart attack, hip and knee replacement surgery and pneumonia - it provides hospitals with a list of key measures which should be delivered to every single patient to ensure they receive the highest standard of care.

For example, for a heart attack there are eight steps that every patient should follow ranging from aspirin being given at arrival to hospital, clot-busting therapy provided within 30 minutes and certain key tests being promptly carried out. It also includes making sure that patients are offered smoking cessation advice whilst in hospital and are given the right drugs at discharge. The programme also measures survival rates.

There are different steps based on best practice care for each of the key clinical areas. By measuring how each hospital performs against these for each patient, scores and rankings can be given.

Dr Cheong Ooi is a consultant physician at Warrington and Halton Hospitals and the Advancing Quality clinical lead for the trust, he said:

“We are delighted with the scores that are being published for the latest year of the programme. They show the quality of the treatment that we provide to local patients in these key areas. There has been an improvement in our performance every year since the start of the programme.

“Advancing Quality really allows us to look at how we can improve our care for patients. It is based on a similar programme from the US and the results from that showed that the better care achieved led to reduced readmissions, length of stay and mortality rates.”

Advancing Quality was extended last year to look at stroke care and the initial targets in that area have been achieved by the trust. Further key areas will be added to the programme in the future.

You can view more information on Advancing Quality and the latest results at

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