PERFORMANCE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has claimed its trauma and orthopaedics services are going from “strength to strength”.

“Significant improvements have been made to the services over the last three years,” the trust said in a statement.

These include new tertiary services in pelvic trauma, limb reconstruction, complex anthroplasty and bone infection at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

A new orthogeriatric service has also been developed to improve the quality of pre- and post-operative care for hip fracture patients.

More than 90% of hip fracture patients now have surgery within 36 hours of sustaining their fracture, compared to around 50% three years ago. Length of stay for these patients has been reduced from 22 to 18 days.

Trust chief executive Chris Adcock said: “Everyone involved in the remarkable turnaround of this service is to be congratulated and should be really proud.”