King’s Lynn QEH death rate under NHS levels

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Patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital will welcome the news that the hospital was not included in a list of hospitals with higher than average death rates.

The Keogh Review was commissioned by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, in response to the findings of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry.

The review, started in February 2013, was led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Medical Director for the NHS in England.

It looked at the quality of the care and treatment provided by 14 trusts identified as having higher than average death rates in the two years before the start of the review.

Patricia Wright, Chief Executive of the QEH, said: “We were not one of the 14 Trusts identified in the Keogh Review, which should give reassurance to our patients.

“Our mortality rates are reviewed regularly and they are reported to the Trust’s Board of Directors.

“The overall picture is that our mortality rates are below those anticipated for an acute Trust of our size.”

Eleven of the 14 Trusts have been put under ‘special measures’ in order to improve governance.

A hospital the size of the QEH should expect to have no more than 19 deaths per month.

The hospital’s death rates are published regularly and in its last published report it stated that 17 people had died in May 2013.

The hospital’s mortality rates are published on the Trust’s website