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Hip fracture care too slow in some hospitals, study says

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There are big differences in how well patients with hip fractures are cared for by hospitals in England and Wales, a Bristol University study says.

In some hospitals one in 10 people died within a month of surgery - more than three times worse than in the best.

Getting patients into theatre quickly and out of bed the next day for physio are key ways to improve care. People should receive the same, high-quality care wherever they live, the researchers said.

"If you get it right for older people with hip fractures, you're probably getting it right for older people in general," says Professor Celia Gregson, who led the study of more than 170,700 patients in 172 hospitals between 2016 and 2019.

An NHS spokesperson said hip fracture care in the UK had "seen dramatic improvements in recent years".

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Source: BBC News (31 August 2022)

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