Pilgrim Hospital team praised for care

Boston Pilgrim Hospital
Boston Pilgrim Hospital

A team at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has been praised for boosting the service of patients in a national awards ceremony.

The orthopaedic team won the Clinical Leadership and Musculoskeletal Care categories of the Patient Safety and Care Awards in London.

They were recognised for their work with hip fracture patients, improving the assessment, the speed at which patients are taken to theatre and after care.

This means all hip fracture patients have been operated on within 36 hours of arrival in A&E and the hospital has been rated the best in the country for patient outcomes in the national hip fracture database.

Associate specialist orthopaedic surgeon Theo Joachim, who led the team, said: “The project has been a fantastic success in helping to shape the healthcare delivered at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

“Most hip fractures are suffered by frail elderly patients, for whom the injury is life-threatening. Therefore the improvements we have made are saving lives.

“We have worked very hard to develop excellent care for our patients and we are delighted that our progress has been recognised and highlighted in these awards.”

Kevin Turner, Deputy Chief Executive for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “This award success is a credit to the orthopaedic team’s dedication and leadership and is further testament to the fantastic work being done at the Trust to provide the very best care for our patients with hip fractures.”

The team was also nominated in the Patient Safety in Care of Older People category and the Lincolnshire Heart Centre team were finalists for Cardiac Care.