Guy's and St Thomas' is best in England for low mortality rates

Friday 6 December 2013


Dr Foster Hospital Guide Trust of the Year winner 2013 London

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is named in today’s Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual healthcare report, as the only trust in England to be rated as ‘better than expected’ for all four key mortality indicators:

  • HSMR (Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio) – measures whether the number of patient deaths in a hospital is higher or lower than expected, HSMR is based on 56 conditions that account for 80% of deaths
  • SHMI (Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator) – based on all conditions, this includes deaths in hospital and deaths in the 30 days after discharge from hospital
  • Death in low risk conditions
  • Deaths after surgery.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has been awarded ‘Trust of the year for London’ for our lower than expected mortality rates.

Ron Kerr, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, says: "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. Ensuring that each of our patients receives the care they deserve requires commitment from everyone.

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

From the moment patients arrive, whether they are treated in A&E, our intensive care unit or on the wards, patient safety is our top priority. We closely monitor all patients, particularly those who are at risk of becoming seriously ill, for example due to infection or a deterioration in their clinical condition.

Last updated: December 2013

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