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 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, 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%.
The paper, published in medical journal Gut, showed the likelihood of dying after major surgery for bowel cancer was higher among older patients, especially those aged over 80, those with other underlying conditions and those whose disease was more advanced.
The risk of death was greater among those living in areas of deprivation and those who needed emergency surgery.
Women were significantly less likely to die after surgery than men, as were those who underwent surgery for rectal rather than bowel cancer.
Overall, the proportion of people who died within 30 days of major surgery for bowel cancer during the entire period was just less than 7% (6.7%, 10,704 deaths) across all hospital trusts in England undertaking the procedure.
The percentage fell over time, dropping from 6.8% in 1998 to 5.8% in 2006. But while one trust had significantly better outcomes, three trusts had significantly worse outcomes over time, two of which were foundation trusts.