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Ongoing Reduction in Mortality Rates in Local Hospitals

Newsdate: 7 May 2014

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the best monthly mortality rates ever published by Dr Foster.

The latest data published by Dr Foster is for February 2014 when the Trust’s mortality rate was reported as 70.5. This is much better than the ‘as expected’ average of 100. Having a figure below 100 means that there were less deaths in hospital than would be statistically expected due to the illnesses that patients were diagnosed with. 

The widely used Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) is calculated each month by Dr Foster who produce such figures for every hospital based on national data that is submitted centrally. According to the Dr Foster model, there were 146 less deaths recorded in the Trust’s hospitals than were statistically expected over the last 11 months.

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive said, “I am very proud that the Trust has achieved such a low HSMR which simply means that patient care and their health outcomes are getting better. We have been working very hard since 2008 to continue to improve our mortality rate. There have been many improvements introduced to improve patient care and drive down mortality rates over several years. We are pleased with the progress we have achieved through the dedication of staff in many areas of our hospitals. I want to thank all our staff who made this improvement possible. Of course I know that occasionally things can go badly wrong in individual cases, but these figures reassure me that the vast majority of our care is of the highest quality.”

Dr Umesh Prabhu, Medical Director added, “We will not become complacent and we have set ourselves an objective to improve this figure even more. It is our patients who benefit the most from the improvements we introduce. Our staff feel very rewarded knowing that the actions we take are improving outcomes for our patients”.

The February figure of 70.5 is the lowest the Trust has ever had and this takes its HSMR for the period from April 2013 to end of February 2014 down to 86.2. Dr Foster reports this as statistically ‘better than expected’ performance. February is the eleventh month in a row that the Trust’s HSMR figure has been better than the average of 100.

Healthcare regulators such as the Care Quality Commission and Monitor use mortality rates such as HSMR as a key indicator on quality of patient care.