PERFORMANCE: All three acute provider trusts in the Warwickshire area are reporting mortality rates significantly above the national average.

Board papers for the Arden cluster say the most recent monthly figures for the trusts were all higher than their own averages for the past six months. This suggests mortality rates are on the rise.

George Eliot Hospitals Trust had a monthly standardised hospital mortality indicator figure of 127 in February – the most recent figure available. The national average is 100, and the trust’s latest six-monthly figure was 121.1.

The trust has been above average since August 2011. The papers said the trust reported that its hospital standardised mortality ratio fluctuated over and under 100.

Actions begun by Warwickshire North clinical commissioning group include engagement with nursing homes and out of hours, and “palliative care advanced care planning”.

A review of colorectal services has been completed but its impact on SHMI figures is not yet clear.

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust’s monthly figure hit 130.5, although its six-monthly figure is still falling, and stood at 117.7.

Board papers said: “Crude mortality rates for stroke, heart disease and COPD are higher than peer rates; the trust is investigating the reasons and will be reporting back to the mortality surveillance committee.”

At University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, the latest monthly figure was 117.5, against a six-month figure of 105.4.