THE rate of hip fracture surgery at the local health trust has been branded as ‘dire’ by the organisation’s own vice chairman.
John Burbeck spoke out at Worcester Acute Hospital NHS Trust’s board meeting at the Alexandra Hospital last Wednesday (December 2).
His comments came after figures revealed that less than 60 per cent of patients were being operated within 36 hours of breaking their hips. The trust’s target is 90 per cent.
In fact, in the year to date, the Alex only hit target once, in May 2015, although it came close with 85 per cent in August.
Worcestershire Royal Hospital only hit the target once, in March 2015.
Since these high points there has been a steady decline at both sites.
“The position is dire, seriously dire,” Mr Burbeck told board members.