Trust wins recognition for patient safety


Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

Doctors and nurses joined Chief Executive Ron Kerr to accept the official Trust of the year for London award from leading healthcare information provider Dr Foster.

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2013, published in December, said Guy’s and St Thomas’ was the only trust in England rated ‘better than expected’ for all four key mortality measures.

Tim Baker, Dr Foster Chief Executive, presented Sir Ron Kerr with a certificate, to celebrate the achievement.

Tim says: “This award is a credit to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all the Trust’s staff in providing the highest quality of care to their patients.”

In a separate report released this week by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ was named as one of 12 trusts with the lowest mortality ratios in England.

This ratio compares the actual number of patients who die in hospital with the number expected to die based on the severity of their illness.

Dr Mark Kinirons, consultant in elderly care who accepted the award alongside the Chief Executive, says: “From the moment patients arrive, whether they are treated in A&E, on our intensive care unit or on the wards, patient safety is our top priority.”

Ron Kerr adds: "I want to thank all our staff for their part in helping us earn this independent recognition of the high quality, safe care we provide.

"I am proud of this achievement but we are not complacent as we know there is always room for improvement."

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