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West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds offers patients top hip fracture care, according to new data





New data has revealed that West Suffolk Hospital is offering patients some of the best hip fracture care in England and Wales.

The Bury St Edmunds hospital has placed top in the country for treating hip fracture patients according to the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD).

It is one of the most common serious injuries for older people and is usually caused by a fall.

From left, Kasia Bojarska, Dr Jonathan Nicolson, Sheryl Pidgeon, Nikki Smith, Ann Alexander, Mr Konrad Wronka, Dr Mohanraj Suresh, Helen Ann Boulton and Arabelle Mijares. Picture: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
From left, Kasia Bojarska, Dr Jonathan Nicolson, Sheryl Pidgeon, Nikki Smith, Ann Alexander, Mr Konrad Wronka, Dr Mohanraj Suresh, Helen Ann Boulton and Arabelle Mijares. Picture: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT), which runs the hospital, has achieved the highest best practice score with 96.4 per cent of patients meeting the necessary criteria – almost doubling the national average score of 50.1 per cent.

Dr Mohanraj Suresh, WSFT consultant in elderly care medicine, said: “Due to Suffolk’s ageing population we see a lot of older patients with hip fractures and sometimes they are very frail when they come to us.

“Rapid decisions about care and action are very important to help them regain mobility and a good quality of independence.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: WSH
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: WSH

“Initial assessment, prompt and timely surgery and post-operative rehabilitation are key in achieving good outcomes for those patients.”

The NHFD was launched in 2008 to outline parameters in order to deliver high quality hip fracture care to patients.

Dr Paul Molyneux, WSFT medical director, added: “I am incredibly proud of the orthopaedic team and every colleague involved in the care of our patients with hip fractures.

“There has been a huge effort to deliver the best outcomes for patients and we have been a site for excellence in caring for frail patients sustaining hip fractures for many years.

“To place top in the country for 2023 and achieve the highest score by any trust is an amazing achievement and is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole team.”