October 8, 2008

Treatment Centre is at Top of the League

A national league table of independent treatment centres, published in the Health Service Journal, has placed the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth at the top of the poll for overall percentage use.

The centre is commissioned by NHS Plymouth on behalf of people of Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall. It opened its doors for NHS orthopaedic surgery and treatments in May 2005 and in the three years since has exceeded its target utilisation, making it one of the most productive ISTCs in the UK.

The news comes on top of an excellent patient satisfaction survey which showed 98 per cent of patients rating the overall standard of care either excellent or very good, and 99 per cent saying they would recommend the centre to family and friends.

As well as achieving procedure numbers and patient satisfaction, the centre has low infection rates.

Independently recorded surgical site surveillance data since January 2006 shows the early infection rate for 936 hip replacements was 0.1 per cent (the NHS average was 1.2 per cent) and for 1,159 knee replacements was zero (the NHS average was 0.7 per cent).

The treatment centre is part of a programme introduced by the Government to reduce waiting times and increase choice for NHS patients. It is run by the independent sector but funded by the NHS and services are free at the point of delivery to NHS patients.

The centre performs a wide range of orthopaedic procedures including hip and knee replacements, knee ligament reconstruction, complex foot surgery, shoulder/knee arthroscopic surgery and hand operations.

Patricia Warwick, general manager at the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, said: "We are delighted to be delivering excellent care, performance and value to communities throughout Devon and Cornwall.

"My congratulations go to our staff - clinical and non-clinical - who have been able to maintain the highest standards of patient care and hygiene while still meeting - and beating - our performance targets."

Fiona Phelps, assistant director of commissioning NHS Plymouth, said: "This has been a real partnership effort to reduce waiting times and improve choice for local people."

For more information call 01752 506070 or visit www.peninsulatreatment centre.nhs.uk.

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