UK Wide Recognition for Southern Trust Trauma and Orthopaedic Service

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The Southern Trust’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Service is rated amongst the best in the UK for treating hip fractures. 

With over 65,000 people aged 60 or older fracturing their hip in the UK last year, it is the most common serious injury in older people.



The Southern Trust Trauma and Orthopaedic service was established in 2008 to treat a range of bone and joint conditions.

The new purpose built Trauma and Orthopaedics Unit at Craigavon opened in 2010, including dedicated theatres, recovery areas and ward space.  The team manage approximately 330 hip fractures per year and now also offer outpatients services from Daisy Hill Hospital.

The National Hip Fracture Database is a clinical audit of 177 hospitals across the UK and is used for measuring processes, outcomes and best practice throughout the National Health Service.



The latest report highlights the Southern Trust as one of the best performing in the UK for Hip Fracture Care. Craigavon has the second lowest mortality rate following hip surgery in the UK, was ranked in the top 11% for supporting patients to return to their own residence and in the top 11% for lowest length of acute hospital stay.

Congratulating the team Director of Acute Services, Esther Gishkori for the Southern Trust said, “This latest National Hip Fracture Report reflects the high quality care received by people from the Southern area from they arrive at the front door of the hospital right through their time on the trauma ward, the care they receive during surgery, post operation and then during their rehabilitation process whether that is in one of our acute hospitals or from community services.



“These figures show the dedication of our Trauma and Orthopaedic team along with colleagues throughout the service in ensuring that our patients get the highest standard of hip fracture care. People coming to us with a hip fracture can be reassured that our staff are committed to achieving the best possible outcome from their surgery.”

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