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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital wins highly commended award for improved weekend readmission rates

29 January 2014

Dr Foster Intelligence, the leading provider of healthcare information and benchmarking solutions in England, has announced in this year’s Good Hospital Guide that Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has one of the most improved weekend readmission rates in the country.

Photo: Tim Baker (Chief Executive of Dr Foster Intelligence—4th right) presents the award to staff involved

Dr Foster Intelligence, the leading provider of healthcare information and benchmarking solutions in England, has announced in this year’s Good Hospital Guide that Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has one of the most improved weekend readmission rates in the country.

Having a low weekend readmission rate means that patients who had previously been discharged from hospital at the weekend are not brought back into hospital as an emergency within 28 days of their last visit. This is an indication of the high quality and expert decision making by senior doctors we are able to provide seven days of the week. Reducing the number of readmissions following an initial visit at the weekend has a very positive effect on both patient experience and health outcomes and the trust has one of the highest levels of on-site senior doctor presence over the weekend in London.

Tony Bell, chief executive, said: “We are delighted that the hard work and efforts of our staff has been recognised in this benchmarking data of hospitals across England. It’s very important that we reduce the number of patients having to come back into hospital so soon after an admission and we have made great efforts to reduce our figures, which is illustrated by the data. We have invested to increase the amount of senior doctor on site presence in the hospital out of normal working hours so that whether a patient is seen on a Monday or a Saturday they receive the same high standards of care and decision making.”