KING’S LYNN: Hospital health check gives QEH high efficiency rating
Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been named as one of the most efficient in the country although its performance was worse in some areas.
The annual influential Dr Foster Hospital Guide gave the hospital an efficiency score of 5, compared with the highest rating of 6. Medical director Dr Geoff Hunnam said the score reflected the hard work and dedication of staff.
QEH also scored better than expected for the time non-emergency hip replacement and knee replacement patients stay in hospital.
The guide found the hospital performed particularly well for its low ratio of patients failing to keep appointments and for recovery times for surgical patients.
The mortality rate was found to be as expected.
Worse than expected, according to the report, was the day case rate for non-emergency keyhole surgery for gall bladder removal. More than 84 per cent of patients were discharged within 24 hours but the hospital said steps were being taken to find out if more could go home the same day.
The trust was criticised for the length of stay for some elderly patients, which has been blamed for putting pressure on the availability of beds.
Dr Hunnam said major improvements had been made since the report was written. “We are working very closely with community teams to try to avoid hospital admissions where possible and provide care at home,” he said.
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