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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Crosshouse Deaths 30% Below Expectations

The latest data published by the Information Services Division show that Crosshouse Hospital has recorded a Hospital Standardised Mortality Ration of 0.70 between the first quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017, the second lowest mortality ration in Scotland.

Recorded figures show that at Crosshouse, only 70% of the predicted deaths occurred over the aforementioned period. This decline from just over 0.88 to 0.70 over the last three and a half years represents a drop of 16.1% against a decline across Scotland of 10.6%.

Hospital Standard Mortality Ratios (HSMRs) assess hospital safety by dividing the number of recorded deaths occurring in hospital or within 30 days after a hospital stay, compared to the predicted number of deaths based on the risk of dying for particular patient subgroups applied to different hospitals.

The fall was attributed to the Scottish Patient Safety Programme introduced by the SNP Government in 2008 to reduce harm and improve the safety and reliability of healthcare.

Scotland’s world leading patient safety programme has cut hospital mortality by 10.6% since the first quarter of 2014, meeting a key aim 15 months early, and preventing 7,800 deaths.

Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP said:

“Thanks to a decade of hard work by the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, we’ve met this key aim over a year earlier than planned. More importantly, it means more lives have been saved that may otherwise have been lost.

“This comes at a time when our NHS is treating more people, with more complex needs. While we want to go further, it shows that we continue to lead the way on patient safety, with other countries looking to learn from our approach.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“This is very encouraging news for people in Ayrshire and indeed across the rest of Scotland.

“With HSMRs of 0.70 at Crosshouse and 0.8 at University Hospital Ayr, both are well below the national average of 0.86, I am delighted that NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been so successful in treating patients that mortality has plummeted to well below the Scottish average.

“I congratulate the dedicated and hard-working staff at these hospitals, along with all others at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, as well as Healthcare Improvement Scotland who manage the programme on behalf of the SNP Government, on this ongoing, positive trend.

“Successfully treating patients and saving lives is ultimately what the NHS is all about and it’s doing a great job here in Ayrshire.”


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