Sunday Times Good Hospital Guide Reveals Top Three place for NNUH

Death rates at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital are amongst the very lowest in East Anglia, according to the latest Sunday Times Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide.

NNUH came third in the Eastern region with a death rate figure of 97. A mortality figure of 100 means the number of deaths was exactly as expected, taking into account factors beyond hospital control such as age and sex of patients, the diagnosis, and whether admission was planned or emergency. Trusts with figures lower than 100 are doing better than expected given their patient mix and Trusts with figures higher than 100 are doing worse than expected. These rates have been compiled by the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College, London, under the direction of Professor Sir Brian Jarman, who pioneered the study of hospital-by-hospital mortality statistics.

David Prior said: “This is a very good performance and backs up last month's report by hospital analysts CHKS that named the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as one of Top 40 hospitals in the UK.

“We've always known we have high quality staff dedicated to caring for their patients but it's great to see outside experts like Dr Foster confirming we are one of the best hospitals around.”

Last month the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was also named one of top 40 hospitals in the UK for the third year running, according to hospital analysts CHKS.

The Sunday Times Good Hospital Guide, published on 16 May, is a 96-page guide, and is the only independent audit of hospital standards throughout Britain and Ireland. It is based on data compiled by Dr Foster, Britain's leading independent authority on healthcare quality, and includes detailed profiles analysing the main NHS and private hospitals.

The methods used in this year's guide are the most rigorous to date with hospitals ranked on a 12-point scorecard covering: mortality index, doctors per 100 beds, nurses per 100 beds, patient safety, length of outpatient and inpatient waits, patient satisfaction, trust in the doctors, whether patients are treated with dignity, staff satisfaction, cleanliness in the hospital and the quality of the food.

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Friday 14th of May 2004 05:00:52 PM