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Hip fracture care success in North Cumbria

Posted on Thursday 6th December 2012
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Pam Swailes, Specialist Nurse in Ortho Geriatrics with a patient

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has been named one of the best performing hospitals in the North West of England for its speedy care of hip fracture patients.

The National Hip Fracture Database, which started in 2008, has shown that out of 27 hospitals in the North West, the Cumberland Infirmary had the shortest average length of hospital stay for hip fracture patients at 13 days whilst for the rest of England it is 19.7 days.

Pam Swailes, Specialist Nurse in Ortho Geriatrics, explains that excellent team work contributes to fast and effective care of hip fracture patients. She said:

“Hip fracture patients are particularly vulnerable, often very frail, elderly people who need a whole programme of care and support both in hospital, in the community and at home.

“We know that operating quickly, providing early rehabilitation and effective aftercare greatly aids recovery. We have our own Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists in the department and we hold a daily team meeting where we all discuss every patient. Our team is extremely proactive and we begin planning each patient’s journey as soon as they are admitted to our hospital. In addition, there are excellent community services in north Cumbria which help to allow patients to go back to the comfort of their own home sooner.”

The National Hip Fracture Database 2012 covers more than 180 hospitals across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and over 60,000 cases of broken hips were admitted to hospital between April 2011 and March 2012. The database is the most extensive hip fracture audit in the world.