Patient deaths decrease across West Herts Hospitals, including St Albans City

St Albans Hospital.

St Albans Hospital. - Credit: Archant

Death rates across the local hospitals trust have dropped by more than 21 per cent, latest figures have revealed, bucking a national decrease of just three per cent.

New statistics published by Dr Foster, the UK’s leading provider of healthcare analysis, show that between April 2013 and September 2014, mortality at West Herts Hospitals - which takes in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford Hospitals – dropped significantly.

Between April and June 2013, the trust’s death ratio was 108 but by the end of September 2014 it had dropped to 85.

The hospitals’ medical director, Dr Mike van der Watt, said: “I hope these figures offer added reassurance to our patients and local people about the safety and quality of the care provided in our hospitals.

“Our doctors, nurses, midwives and other staff work hard to provide the best quality service to our patients and these figures show that they are doing a good job. However, we are not complacent and we need to continue to keep our mortality rates low.”