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Trust receives special award from Dr Foster

12 January 2012

Chief Executive of Dr Foster International, Tim Baker, visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital today to present a special award following our strong performance in the latest Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual independent healthcare survey.

Photo: (l–r) Dr Mike Anderson (Medical Director), Prof Sir Christopher Edwards (Chairman), Heather Lawrence (Chief Executive), Tim Baker (Chief Executive, Dr Foster International) and Ms Zoe Penn (Divisional Medical Director)

Chief Executive of Dr Foster International, Tim Baker, visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital today to present a special award following our strong performance in the latest Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual independent healthcare survey.

Chelsea and Westminster was the only hospital in England with low mortality rates across all four mortality indicators included in the Dr Foster Hospital Guide which was published in November. The Hospital Guide says: “This is an impressive achievement and warrants a special mention.”

The four mortality indicators included in the Dr Foster Hospital Guide are:

  • HSMR (Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio)—an indicator of healthcare quality that measures whether a hospital’s death rate is higher or lower than expected
  • SHMI (Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator)—a new measure of mortality developed by the NHS Information Centre with an industry-wide panel of experts that includes deaths in hospital and deaths in the 30 days after discharge from hospital
  • Deaths after surgery—patients who die after developing complications following surgery
  • Deaths in low risk conditions—patients who die from non-fatal conditions like asthma

Heather Lawrence, Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says: “I want to thank every member of staff at Chelsea and Westminster who has played their part in helping us to earn this independent recognition of our commitment to quality and safety.”