Low death rates for bowel cancer surgery

Scunthorpe General Hospital
Scunthorpe General Hospital

Death rates for patients undergoing bowel cancer surgery at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust are well below the national average.

Out of all the patients diagnosed with bowel cancer at the Trust between April 1 2010 and March 31 2013 there were 11 patients who died within 90 days of their major resection.

That gives a post-operative mortality rate for the Trust of 2.98 per cent which is well below the five per cent national average.

The figures have been published by NHS Choices as part of a wider bid in the NHS to be transparent. Patients due to undergo surgery in certain specialities, including colorectal, heart and orthopaedic surgery can look up their individual surgeon and view their mortality rates.

The rates are for deaths in the 90 days post-surgery, so although aligned to the surgeon performing the surgery it’s also a reflection on the care given after surgery by staff on the intensive care unit, high observation unit and the wards.

Some of the surgeons at the Trust have a zero rate for mortality.

Mr Muzaffar Ahmad, consultant colorectal surgeon, said: “I am very pleased our mortality rates are well below the national rate. I’m very proud of the work we do and we will continue to strive to give the best care possible to our patients.”

Out of 590 operations carried out between April 2 2010 and March 31 2013 there were 352 eligible to be included in the figures. Minor resections and emergency resections are not included in the figures.