PERFORMANCE: The Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to launch an awareness week to highlight the danger of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

The trust is backing the campaign, which is organised by the national thrombosis charity Lifeblood and will run from May 9 to May 16. Anna Braithwaite, principal pharmacist at the hospital and venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention lead, said that while most people associate the potentially deadly blood clots with long-haul flights, “people are 1,000 times more likely to die from blood clots whilst in hospital”.

The trust was among the first to be awarded VTE Exemplar status, and achieved its 90 per cent target rate for patient risk assessment completion in the first quarter of 2011, qualifying for financial rewards under the commissioning for quality and innovation scheme.