PERFORMANCE: North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals have been rated well for operating on hip fracture patients, by the National Hip Fracture Database 2011 report.

The hospitals, both part of Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust, were rated well for operating on patients within 36 hours. North Tyneside General Hospital was rated top nationally for operating on patients within 48 hours with 99.6 per cent seen within this timeframe.

Mike Reed, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the trust, said: “We launched a specific programme for patients with broken hips about 18 months ago – aiming to provide exceptional care for this serious condition. A great deal of work has gone into improving the service at our hospitals, and it is great to see the team recognised in this way. Both these hospitals also were in the top 10 per cent of NHS hospitals for best practice treatment in 2011. “

A statement said: “Patients at Northumbria Healthcare are now more likely to survive and have faster access to information, imaging, surgery, better pain management and early physiotherapy, seven days a week.”

Ann Wright, director of surgery at the trust, said: “We carry out more hip operations than most hospitals and our orthopaedic department is the busiest in the region. These latest results show that we deliver a high quality service for our patients being rated the best in the North East.  Most of our patients are elderly and we have made every effort to make sure we give them excellent care at a time when they can feel distressed and vulnerable.”