For anyone unfortunate enough to fall and break a hip, St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has once again come out as one of the safest places in the country to be treated.

The latest report by the Royal College of Physicians, detailing outcomes for patients admitted to 182 hospitals in England with a hip fracture in 2013, shows that Ashford & St Peter’s was in the top 16 Trusts for achieving ‘Best Practice’ in a range of criteria including operations within 36 hours of admission and a multi-disciplinary approach (doctors, nurses and therapists working together) to assessment and after-care. Three year data (2011-13) showed that the Trust has a low mortality for hip fracture patients and was in the top 12 performing Trusts in the country.

The average length of stay in hospital is also falling steadily for the Trust’s hip-fracture patients, now around 18 days, which is better for patients.

Consultant Ortho-geriatrician at the Trust, Dr Radcliffe Lisk said: “We are delighted that all the thought and hard work the Trust has put in over the past three years to improving outcomes for our elderly and vulnerable patients has been recognised.

Hip fracture is one of the most serious consequences of falls in the elderly. Patients with hip fractures have complex medical, surgical and rehabilitation needs and we are demonstrating that a well-coordinated multidisciplinary team approach is essential for the best outcome.”