THE Countess of Chester Hospital is the second best hospital in England when it comes to survival rates following bowel cancer surgery.
On average, almost 11,000 patients across the country – equivalent to 6.7% – died within a month of surgery between 1998 and 2006.
But figures for the Countess show just 1.8% of patients died within 30 days of surgery between 2003 and 2006 – the latest figures available.
Dr Eva Morris, one of the authors behind the study in medical journal Gut, said: “What we would like health practitioners to do is see how colorectal services are conducted at the Countess and transfer their good practices to other hospitals so other hospitals can improve. It’s an excellent result.”
Only the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust did better with a post-operative death rate of 1.68%.
Mike Johnson, consultant in colorectal surgery at the Countess, said: “I am of course delighted that the recently published national data positions the colorectal unit in Chester second in the country on this most important of outcomes.
“This will, I am sure, be extremely reassuring to the people of Chester and more importantly the patients using the service.
“To achieve this very strong position however requires a very committed and dedicated multidisciplinary team, not just of surgeons, but colorectal specialist nurses, anaesthetists, radiologists, ward nursing staff, theatre and ITU teams and administrative staff.
“All of this, of course, backed up and supported by a management team dedicated to giving the local population the very best in cancer care.”