Orthopaedic hospital The Horder Centre has been successfully re-assessed by a national programme that promotes best practice to reduce the risk of venous blood clots in patients.
The hospital keeps its ‘Exemplar’ status, awarded by the National VTE (venous thromboembolism) Prevention Programme, for its commitment to significantly reduce the risk of venous blood clots occurring in patients.
The programme was introduced by the NHS ten years ago as a clinical priority because VTE was a significant cause of death and disability in England.
The announcement coincided with World Thrombosis Day when a team from the hospital dressed in red and took part in a walk to highlight the importance of keeping active to prevent blood clots.
Colleagues also spread the message by visiting Woodlands Nursing Home in Crowborough to explain to residents how keeping moving can reduce the risk of clotting. They also discussed other preventative measures such as wearing compression stockings that help blood circulate in the legs and the importance of staying hydrated.
Horder Centre Matron Faye Biggs said: “We are really delighted that The Horder Centre has been revalidated as a VTE Exemplar Centre. In addition, we were praised for the support we’ve given to another hospital in their efforts to become an Exemplar Centre too.
“Everyone has worked extremely hard to maintain this important accolade and it was great to see the team coming together to raise awareness of World Thrombosis Day with the walk and by chatting to residents in a nursing home to make more people aware of thrombosis and what they can do to help prevent any problems. As an Exemplar Centre, we take our role seriously of bringing to the public attention the major negative impact of this non-infectious disease on global health.
The Horder Centre received a rating of “outstanding” overall in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published earlier this year. Inspectors said the hospital was outstanding for its effective, caring and responsive services and that patients said staff “went the extra mile and the care they received exceeded their expectations”.