THE NHS trust which runs the hospitals in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, and Shipston-on-Stour, has been commended for cutting mortality rates by 11 per cent.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) was recognised at the recent 2013 Health Service Journal Awards for cutting the human and financial cost of frailty in elderly people.
Between February 2012 and February 2013, the trust cut hospital-based mortality rates by 11 per cent.
They were also commended for reducing the amount of prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs.
In January 2013, 60 per cent of patients were receiving sedatives or antipsychotics. By April, this was down to 25 per cent.
Jane Ives, director of operations and Ian Philp, medical director at SWFT issued a joint statement, saying: “It is great to be recognised for the work we have done in transforming elderly care.
“Our clinical staff have shown fantastic support and commitment to changing our service, which has resulted in providing excellent care for frail and elderly patients.”
The NHS trust’s new partnership with Warwickshire County Council and the area’s Clinical Commissioning Group has also managed to increase the percentage of elderly people who return home after a hospital stay.
The Health Service Journal Awards—the biggest in healthcare management—took place last month. The partnership was highly commended in the Quality and Productivity award.
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