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Dr Foster names Chelsea and Westminster among top 5 hospitals

31 January 2013

Chelsea and Westminster was named in the top five hospitals in England for lower than expected mortality rates by the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual independent healthcare survey published in December.

Chelsea and Westminster was named in the top five hospitals in England for lower than expected mortality rates by the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual independent healthcare survey published in December.

Chelsea and Westminster was lower than expected for three measures including:

  • HSMR (Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio)—an indicator of healthcare quality that measures whether a hospital’s death rate is higher or lower than expected—HSMR is based on 56 conditions that account for 80% of deaths
  • SHMI (Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator)—based on all conditions, this measure of mortality 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

Chief Executive Tony Bell said: “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.

“I welcome the publication of the Dr Foster Hospital Guide because we are not complacent and we know that there is always room for improvement. The Guide provides us with national benchmarks to measure our performance.

“Being more open and transparent is a priority for us at Chelsea and Westminster which is why the Transparency section of our website includes information about not only mortality rates but also infection rates, waiting times and financial information.”

Want to know more?

More information for patients and the public about how Chelsea and Westminster is performing is available by visiting our website at
www.chelwest.nhs.uk/transparency