Eastbourne DGH reducing length of patient stays

REDUCING the length of hospital stays for some of its patients has earned the trust which runs the DGH praise in an independent report.

The Dr Foster Annual Hospital Guide released last week has highlighted a number of areas where East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has performed well.

The trust, which runs the DGH, Hastings Conquest Hospital and a series of community services throughout East Sussex, was praised for its guide for orthopaedic services.

The report said this reflected the work it has done to reduce the length of hospital stays for patients with hip and knee replacements, plus the time patients with a fractured hip have to wait for their operation.

The Dr Foster report highlighted that the amount of time patients spend in the Trust’s hospitals following hip and knee replacements has reduced dramatically over the last few years thanks to a pioneering programme.

This combines advancements in surgical techniques and anaesthetics, as well as rehabilitation services, so that some patients return home on the same day as their operation.

The Trust was praised for improving the time patients wait for fractured hip surgery and is developing ways for patients go home quicker.

A programme called the Trauma Assisted Discharge Service has been developed so that the amount of time patients with fractured hips stay in hospital after surgery is now one of the lowest in the country.

The Dr Foster report pointed out that the East Sussex Trust has an underperforming mortality rate in low risk groups.

In response, the Trust explained that the report’s finding were not a reflection of the care received by patients.

Instead, it was an issue with data collection which does not accurately reflect the main diagnosis and underlying medical conditions of the patient.

Dr Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for NHS Sussex, said, “I am encouraged by the progress the Trust has made to reduce their mortality rates by encouraging clinicians to be actively involved in auditing and reviewing deaths in the hospital, and ensuring that lessons have been learnt.

“The importance of the work of coding has been recognised in improving the quality of patient care.”

Darren Grayson, Trust chief executive, added, “We are pleased to see the report has shown the Trust is performing well in a number of areas and that our standards of care and treatment compare well with other local hospitals.

“We are committed to delivering ongoing quality improvements that bring real benefits to patients and will be building upon our successes as we plan our priorities for the coming year.”