The Orthopaedic team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn has proved quite hip in its treatment of fractures after being ranked among the top hospitals in the country.
The success was revealed in a report by the National Hip Fracture Database, which listed the hospital as being in the top 13 in the country for crude mortality rates 30 days after operations.
Since the 1990s, the team has been at the forefront of pioneering care for patients, which included working closely with colleagues in anaesthetics to deliver safer surgery with a move away from general anaesthetics towards safer techniques.
As the Millennium arrived, the department also introduced regular meetings attended by multiple disciplines, such as nurses, physiotherapists, surgeons and junior doctors.
These meetings fostered team working and provided strong support for the department’s clinical workload.
In 2006, trauma nurses were incorporated into the team to improve collaborative working and provide top quality care for patients, while more recently the addition of ortho-geriatric care has solidified the move toward excellence in clinical outcomes.
Anil Chakrabarti, a Senior Clinician in Orthopaedics, said: “We are delighted with the level of health care that we have provided for our patients and are pleased that this has been recognised. At The Queen Elizabeth Hospital we are really proud of this accolade, which is a reflection of the hard work of everyone in the team.
“Additionally, we are also proud of our reputation as a department for research, teaching, training and joint replacement surgery for arthritis, all of which also remain of top quality compared to other hospitals within our region and nationally. I congratulate the whole team and everyone who contributed to this Orthopaedic triumph. We look forward to building on our success in coming years.”
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