Hip op hooray! Pilgrim named top in country

The winners - The hip fracture team with (third from left) Theo Joachim.
The winners - The hip fracture team with (third from left) Theo Joachim.

Pilgrim Hospital has been named the best in the country for the way it treats patients with hip fractures – bagging the title for the second year in a row.

The National Hip Fracture Database has said that the Pilgrim is best of all 182 hospitals for ensuring all patients are operated on quickly.

The figures also say Boston’s hospital was the number one in the country for achieving best practice criteria in the National Hip Fracture Database reports in 2013.

The average length of stay for patients is also one of the lowest in the country at 12.7 days compared to a national average of 15.3 days.

The team at the hospital, led by Theo Joachim, orthopaedic surgeon, said it had recognised the need to improve standards and care for patients admitted to hospital with hip fractures.

To address the issues the team says it ‘revolutionised’ the care of patients who have hip fractures, by improving assessment, the speed at which patients are taken to theatre for surgery and after care.

They say that improvements have been achieved by changing the way clinical teams work, ensuring such cases are treated as a priority, and using operating theatre time smartly to reduce delays.

Speaking of their national success as a result of the changes, Mr Joachim said: “The project has been a fantastic success in helping to shape the healthcare delivered at the 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 it is a testament to the continued hard work of the team that we have been able to maintain this success in delivering high quality care.”