Monthly Archives: November 2011
The Dr Foster Guide rates best and worst hospitals in 2011
The Daily Telegraph revealed the findings of the latest Dr Foster Hospital Guide. The guide, published annually, closely scrutinises a range of healthcare data to measure hospital performance and detect trends that could save lives.
As well as listing the hospital trusts in England that score above and below average on a range of different mortality measures, this year’s guide also found that:
- The rate of patient deaths in England is 20% lower than it was 10 years ago, in part because of improved hospital care.
- For certain conditions, patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are less likely to get treated quickly and have a higher chance of dying.
- Hospitals that perform certain operations infrequently pose a significantly greater risk to patients than those which carry out high numbers of the operation.
- Patient comments and ratings, such as those gathered by NHS Choices, provide a valuable insight into standards of hospital care.
- Rationalisation and networking of hospital services, to create 24/7 centres of expertise in areas such treatment for stroke, saves lives.
The report also showed that the best-performing hospitals were generally in the south of England, while those found to be the poorest performers were mostly in the north. However, the report did not examine why this was the case.
Who is Dr Foster?
Dr Foster Intelligence is a joint venture between the Department of Health and Dr Foster Holdings LLP and their research partners at Imperial College London. It aims to improve the quality and efficiency of health and social care through better use of information. It provides comparative information on health and social care services to health professionals and organisations to help improve the standard of healthcare.
The 2011 report is the tenth Dr Foster Hospital Guide to be published. Further details are available here…