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The Whittington has the lowest death rate of any hospital in England, new figures show.

PUBLISHED: 08:36 14 October 2013

Whittington Hospital. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Whittington Hospital. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton

The Whittington has the lowest death rate of any hospital in England, new figures show.

The hospital, in Magdala Avenue, Archway, has beaten University College Hospital in Euston into second place according to the latest figures from the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI).

The SHMI is the ratio between the actual number of patients who die while in hospital or in the 30 days following discharge and the number that would be expected to die on the basis of average England figures.

According to the figures, for every death in a hospital in England, The Whittington averages 0.703 deaths while UCLH averages 0.708 deaths.

It is the second year in a row that the Whittington has come out on top.

According to the figures, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust was the worst in the country with 1.19 deaths for every death in hospitals in England.

Dr Martin Kuper, medical director at Whittington Health, said: “We are very proud to again have had the lowest standardised mortality rate in the country based on the latest figures. This result is testament to the hard work of our staff to provide excellent care to our patients.

“Admission to hospital can be very worrying so we hope this news will reassure patients and their families of the high standards we are working to at The Whittington Hospital.

“We are committed to providing excellent hospital and community healthcare and will continue to strive for the very best outcomes for all our patients.”


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