Elderly patients who are admitted to St Helier Hospital are receiving some of the best care in the country, according to a new national report.

For the eighth year in a row, St Helier Hospital has exceeded national averages in the annual National Hip Fracture Database report, which measures 174 trauma units across the UK against a number of key clinical standards and best practice guidelines.

The report, published by The Royal College of Physicians, showed that St Helier was the second busiest hospital in London for hip fractures, having admitted 417 patients for treatment in the year.


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Dr Nivi Singh, Consultant Orthogeriatrician, said: “A broken hip is a significant injury for older people and the road to recovery can be an uphill struggle – it’s therefore absolutely vital that patients get the expert care that they need as soon as possible.

"While it is always nice to see such good results in a national report, the real comfort and sense of pride comes from knowing that we are doing the very best for our patients and making a very real difference to their lives.

I am incredibly proud that our team have consistently maintained such high standards, for eight years now, in the care we deliver to our hip fracture patients.”

It was also reported that 88.8% of patients at St Helier Hospital had surgery on the day of or day after admission, compared to a national average of 67.5%.

The analysis further identified St Helier Hip Fracture Unit as having significantly fewer deaths than expected given the age and frailty of the patients. 

Chief Executive, Daniel Elkeles, said: "This is a fantastic result and I would like to thank the hip fracture team at St Helier for all of their hard work.

”The model of consolidated care (where nurses, doctors, therapists and other support staff are all based on the same ward in the same hospital)  offered by our Hip Fracture Unit has been so successful that it forms the basis for how we’ll provide care at our new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Sutton.”