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Death rates after operations at all-time low in “Super Hospital”

In less than 12 months since the opening of Coventry and Warwickshire’s new “super” hospital official statistics show that death rates following surgery have fallen to an all-time low.

The statistics now place University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust among some of the best hospitals in the country for successful surgery.

The statistics are particularly significant as the University Hospital is a specialist centre for kidney transplants, brain, cardiovascular and cancer so therefore carries out far more very complex operations on very sick patients than a general hospital. Last year the hospital treated over 500,000 patients.

Every hospital in the UK has to monitor its mortality rates and in the last two years the hospital has seen a steady decline in its rates. However, in the last 12 months there has been a more dramatic reduction of over 22%. In 2006/07 the national average would have expected the Trust to have 311 deaths. University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross had 302 which puts the mortality rate below the national average.