St George's Hospital on the up
Friday, 01 May 2009 11:51
This morning I had one of my regular meetings with the senior management of St George's Hospital, which is at the centre of Tooting, employs over 5000 people and happens to be where I was born...
St George's had made some real improvements in the last 18 months, which can be seen in a summary of their annual performance report here.
They've treated over 600,000 patients in the past year, seen a massive drop in MRSA rates and ended the year with a budget surplus. Not bad work and a great indication that the Trust is being managed effectively and is heading in the right direction.
A few highlights from the report:
- St George’s was one of the few hospitals in the country to be
given the all clear in a new inspection regime to assess breaches of
the hygiene code. The results published in 2008/09, which are
graded on a traffic light system, followed an unannounced inspection by
the Healthcare Commission in March 2008. St George’s was awarded three
green ratings which means no breaches of duties in the Hygiene Code
For a summary of report click here
- St George’s has improved its “Quality of Services” rating from Fair to Good in the Annual Health Check between 07/08 and 08/09, achieiving many national targets ahead of time.
- 95 per cent of outpatients and 90 per cent of inpatients and day cases should receive treatment within 18 weeks of being referred by a GP.
- Only four patients waited longer than the 13 week outpatient national waiting time standard, and only three inpatients had to wait longer than the 26 week inpatient national waiting time standard during 2008/09.
- All urgent GP referrals were seen within two weeks, and 100 per cent of cancer patients waited no longer than 31days from diagnosis to the start of treatment. St George’s also consistently exceeded the 95 per cent target for patients starting treatment within 62 days of a GP referral throughout the year.
- St George’s has continued to improve performance in relation to infection control. There were only 13 MRSA bacteraemias (blood stream infections) during 2008/09, well within the Trust’s aspirational target of having no more than 23. This is a reduction of 46 per cent since the 24 cases recorded in 2007/08. The number of C.diff cases was 77, below the target of no more than 306. This represents an 81 per cent reduction on 2007/08.
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