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Tuesday 18th June 2019

Call for same day hip ops

22nd June 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance recommending that patients with a broken hip should be offered surgery on the same day they are admitted to hospital.


At present, half of patients admitted to hospital have to spend 36 hours before they are operated on, and some wait several days.

One in three patients die within a year and earlier surgery could reduce the number of deaths.

NICE said the current waiting period was not acceptable. Its recommendations state that fast surgery and physiotherapy are vital to improving the quality of patient care, and helping to reduce hospital stays.

Hip fractures affect one in six women, cost the health service £2 billion annually and affect 75,000 people every year in the UK.

NICE said faster operations would not require a large financial outlay and would save money in the future.

Tim Chesser, a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who assisted in the production of NICE's guidelines, said: "Hip fractures are a major issue - they affect more women than breast cancer. Although there have been big improvements in the quality of NHS care, we know that, nationally, some patients are still waiting too long for surgery."

"Prompt planned surgery by an experienced team can lead to better outcomes for the patient, so this guideline is a real opportunity to spread good practice by recommending that appropriate surgery by an experienced consultant takes place the same day, or day after, a patient is admitted to hospital," he added.

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