Dr Gray's Hospital named best in country for hip fracture patients
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ELGIN'S Dr Gray's Hospital has been named best in Scotland for hip fracture patients.
The hospital team has earned the Golden Hip Award, which recognises the high standard of care its medics provide.
Toni Papadopoulos, consultant in trauma and orthopaedics at Dr Gray's, said: "This award recognises the efforts of all the staff involved and the excellent standard of care we provide here in Elgin.
"A broken hip is treated by a variety of teams. The patient's journey usually begins in the Emergency Department, followed by surgery then rehabilitation by the nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapist teams on the ward.
"I would like to thank all of those teams who helped us get this amazing award, with their incredible efforts, and provide the best care for our patients."
The national accolade is given out annually to a Scottish hospital achieving the best overall performance for hip fracture patients over the course of a year when measured against a set of standards. The results are presented in the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit Annual Report.
This is the first time Dr Gray's has received the award, which was launched in 2016, with the orthopaedic team setting a high bar for other hospitals throughout the country.
Hospital general manager Alasdair Pattinson said: "We're incredibly proud of our staff and their work which has secured this award.
"It demonstrates the quality of work being achieved here at Dr Gray's, on a daily basis, by our dedicated healthcare workers as they look to provide the best possible standard of care for each and every one of our patients.
"Hip fractures are the most common and serious orthopaedic injury to affect the elderly – with more than 6,000 patients admitted to hospital in Scotland each year.
"Therefore, we need to manage this injury as effectively and efficiently as possible, primarily for the benefit of patients and for optimal use of NHS resources.
"By improving the care provided to patients with hip fractures, we can expect improving the care provided to those with other fragility fractures."