Portsmouth scores high for care to hip patients

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PORTSMOUTH’S hospital trust has scored higher than the national average for the level of care hip patients get.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has revealed its score in the National Hip Fracture Database has improved year on year.

The trust has one of the largest number of hip fracture patients nationally – the majority are aged 80 or over.

And more than 20 per cent are aged 90 or over.

It submitted information on 654 hip fracture patients to the database.

Trusts are marked on six core standards, this includes seeing how many patients receive surgery within 48 hours of hospital admission, where the trust scored 91.9 per cent, compared to the national average of 87 per cent.

The number of patients who develop pressure sores was 1.3 per cent, compared to three per cent nationally.

In all 191 hospitals take part in the survey, which is used to monitor and improve care given to patients.

The city’s hospital trust has had a specialist hip fracture ward since 2004.