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Study shows King’s Mill Hospital is one of best in the country for emergency bowel surgery

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the best performing Trusts in the country when it comes to carrying out emergency bowel surgery, according to figures from the Royal College of Anaesthetists.


A study of emergency bowel surgery looked at 187 NHS hospitals and almost 25,000 patients across England and Wales and found that the service run by the Trust from King’s Mill Hospital is performing highly and exceeding recommended targets across a range of measures, putting them as one of the best-performing Trusts in the country.


Around 30,000 people need emergency bowel surgery each year in NHS hospitals, often as a result of severe infection, and 164 emergency bowel operations were carried out at King’s Mill Hospital during the period covered by the study.


Data from the most recent study, which is known as the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit and was carried out between December 2015 and November 2016, shows that King’s Mill Hospital is performing particularly well when it comes to early input from specialist consultants, helping patients over the age of 70 to recover by working with elderly medicine specialists, and getting patients back to their own homes without complications quickly after undergoing the emergency surgery.


Consultant Surgeon, Mr Nicholas Watson, said: “The figures from the audit show that we are delivering the best care in the East Midlands to our patients. This is all thanks to the effort, dedication and skills of the whole team across Sherwood Forest Hospitals, from the admission of a patient, to a quick diagnosis and the early intervention of different teams.


“By getting it right first time, the end result is that patients recover quicker and are able to return home without any complications and without the need to come back into hospital.”


Figures from the study show:


  • 67% of cases were reviewed by a consultant surgeon within 14 hours of emergency admission to hospital, which is better than any other Trust in the East Midlands and puts King’s Mill Hospital in the top 20 hospitals in the country

  • 63% of patients over the age of 70 are helped to recover by an elderly medicine specialist after surgery – King’s Mill Hospital has the highest rate in the East Midlands, according to the audit

  • The average length of stay after emergency bowel surgery is eight days – the lowest figure in the East Midlands

  • More than 95% of high-risk patients had their surgery directly supervised by  consultant surgeons and consultant anaesthetists – the national average is 76%

  • Only 2% of patients had an unplanned admission to critical care within seven days of emergency surgery

  • Only 6% of patients had to undergo further surgery in the immediate period after an emergency operation