Top marks for hospital trust

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WEST Suffolk Hospital has smashed its targets for reducing infections, lowering waiting times and decreasing mortality rates, according to new figures.

The hospital’s end-of-year statistics, published on Friday, show that just one case of the MRSA infection and 23 cases of Clostridium difficile (C diff) were recorded through 2011-2012 – below the targeted threshold.

West Suffolk also surpassed its 95 per cent target of seeing, treating and discharging accident and emergency patients within four hours – gaining a yearly figure of 98.1 percent.

And it has been a good year for the trust financially, too – it has managed to stay well in the black, recording a surplus of £619,000 at the end of the financial year.

Mortality rates at the hospital continued to be low, with fewer deaths recorded than would be expected when factors such as demographic information, patients’ ages, the severity of their illness and local deprivation levels are taken into account.

This year, the hospital has also met all targets for waiting times, has reduced the number of falls and pressure ulcers and has managed to keep cancelled operations to a minimum.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at the hospital, said although he was pleased with the end of year figures, the hospital should not become complacent and would strive to continue improving.

He said: “We are really pleased with our performance across the year, which shows that patients using West Suffolk are receiving a consistent service and fast, effective and safe treatment.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to our staff, who have worked extremely hard to achieve these great results whilst maintaining the highest possible standards on behalf of our patients.

“Despite these achievements, we will not become complacent.

“We recognise that we do not always get things right and will continue to learn from the feedback we receive from patient, families and relatives.

“This will allow us to build on these solid foundations over the coming year by looking for ways in which we can improve still further for the benefit of everyone using West Suffolk Hospital.”