Surgeons reveal mortality rates for vascular ops

Surgery mortality results have been released
Surgery mortality results have been released
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A&E at Queen Alexandra Hospital: Facts and Figures

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PORTSMOUTH surgeons have included themselves on a list showing how many patients died after their operations.

In a bid to be more transparent, NHS England is publishing reports into mortality rates in 10 specialist surgical areas.

Yesterday, the first to be published were for vascular surgery – operations on veins and arteries.

Figures of two types of vascular surgery have been revealed, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and carotid endarterectomy (CEA).

CEA is stroke prevention surgery, and the national average mortality rate is 2.4 per cent.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, has four surgeons that perform CEA.

Figures show Andras Palffy performed 18 operations, with a mortality rate of zero per cent.

Simon Payne performed 98 procedures, and had a mortality rate of two per cent.

Mark Pemberton did 78 and had a rate of 2.6 per cent, while Wing Commander Timothy Whitbread did seven and had a rate of zero per cent.

In AAA, the national average was 2.2 per cent, and at PHT, three consultants perform this procedure.

Paul Gibbs carried out 27 operations and had a rate of zero per cent.

Mr Pemberton did 155 and had a rate of 1.9 per cent, while Wing Commander Timothy Whitbread carried out 10, with a rate of zero per cent.

Mr Payne had initially been wrongly included on the AAA list, and NHS England had to change its first version of the figures after it gave misleading results.

Ursula Ward, chief executive of PHT, said: ‘We wholly agree the NHS should be transparent with patient outcomes and fully supports the move to publish this data.

‘This outcome data is routinely shared with our commissioners in the spirit of openness and transparency.’

Figures for bariatric surgery – procedures to treat obesity are due to be released tomorrow.