January 25, 2008
The Royal Surrey County Hospital is among the best ten hospitals in the country for reducing the length of time bowel surgery patients spend recovering in hospital. In a national survey published on Thursday, 17th January the Trust was ranked at number seven in a survey which looked at the performance of all 175 acute trusts in England. Patients can expect to leave hospital over three days earlier than the national average and spend 12.17 days recovering compared to 15.9 days. Mr John Stebbing, Clinical Director of General Surgery, said: "We are very proud of our achievement of reducing the length of stay for bowel surgery patients at the Royal Surrey. This is down to the hard work of the entire team involved in treating these patients. "The nursing team make sure that patients understand the process before they are admitted and also start to plan their discharge at that point. We also perform a higher number of minimal access procedures. This has all helped to speed up recovery times and ensure that patients are not spending any longer in hospital than is necessary." The survey, which was commissioned by Deltex Medical and conducted by Dr Foster Intelligence, showed that there were huge variations in the length of a patient’s stay between hospitals. The shortest length of stay was 11.59 days and the longest 27.94.
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