Dr Foster Intelligence, the publisher of the Hospital Guide, has named St George’s as its ‘Large Acute Trust of the Year’ for 2009.

Each year, Dr Foster Intelligence aims to give patients the information they need to exercise choice with its guide, which is based on analysis of the routine administrative data (Secondary Uses Service data) and information collected directly from acute trusts in a self-assessment survey.

Its scoring system measures compliance with patient safety measures in individual hospitals based across an analysis of 13 safety indicators. The scores, derived using an established statistical technique, range from 0 and 100 with 0 being the lowest and 100 being the highest.

img_lrgtrustTo be able to measure distinctions between the performance of each hospital, the scores are grouped into five bands, with the poorest performing group of hospitals being banded as ‘1’ and the best performing hospitals being banded as ‘5’.

St George’s was awarded one of the top scores, 97.26, and the top ‘band 5’ rating across the thirteen safety indicators. The Trust also has the lowest staff turnover of any London teaching hospital, and the lowest vacancy rate.

Welcoming the award, David Astley, Chief Executive, said: “This award is recognition of the great strides that St George’s has made in recent years and there is more to come. In 2010 we will become a hyper-acute stroke unit and will be designated as a major trauma centre for south London. At the same time, we will continue our successful board-to-ward commitment to controlling infection.

David also recognised the role played by staff: “The progress we have made would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff and it is through their hard work and commitment that the Trust continues to go from strength to strength”.

For more information about the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, visit www.drfosterhealth.co.uk.

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