HIP, HIP HOORAY: QEUH scoops the coveted Golden Hip award for patient care

Three cheers for the winners of the Golden Hip Award at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

By Lucy Ashton

As the cream of the crop in Hollywood seek academy award glory, back home Scotland’s largest hospital has been recognised as a leader in hip fracture care, taking home the coveted Golden Hip award.

The Golden Hip award is given to the Scottish hospital that meets the highest overall performance measured against a set of standards for hip fracture patients over the year.

The award is judged on performance in the 12 national standards of care and is overseen by the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit group.

The latest win marks the first time the QEUH has been given the accolade since the award’s inception in 2016 and represents a real recognition of the multi-disciplinary approach taken to hip fracture treatment at all stages of the patient’s care. From close working with the Ambulance service, and A&E teams, right through the acute care and follow-up rehabilitation, taking a one-system approach has significantly enhanced patient experience.

Hip fracture is the most common serious orthopaedic injury to affect elderly people, with more than 6,000 patients admitted to hospital every year in Scotland alone.

Commenting, Wesley Stuart, chief of medicine at the QEUH, said:“The Golden Hip award is testament to the multidisciplinary approach which is driving improvements across healthcare. Having specialists at all points in the patient’s care journey working together holistically means we’re able to provide the most appropriate care efficiently, which makes a huge difference to our patients.”

“From the Scottish Ambulance Service, through A&E, to orthopaedics, theatres, medicine for the elderly and the host of allied health professionals involved at all stages, this award represents their contribution to patient care.”

Pictured: The coveted Golden Hip

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