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Swedish delegation visits RAH to learn from Scotland’s award winning broken hip treatment team

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A team of Swedish healthcare professionals last week visited Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) to learn from the award winning team providing care to hip fracture patients. 

The seven strong delegation from North Sweden were at the hospital for four days on an educational visit to learn from the Falls and Orthogeriatric services regarded as the best performing in Scotland.   

Staff at the RAH won the ‘Golden Hip’ award in both 2016 and 2018 after recording the best overall standard of care in a Scottish hospital for hip fractures. 

Comprising an orthopaedic professor, nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist, the visiting party is just the latest to gain an insight from the award-winning team. 

Delegates joined geriatricians Dr Alasdair Macrae and Dr Deborah Mack across a number of areas including the Falls Clinic, Trauma meetings, Orthogeriatric rehabilitation ward rounds and Multi Disciplinary Team meetings. 

Dr Alasdair Macrae, care of the elderly consultant, said: “We have been sharing our learning with colleagues across the country and this has led to opportunities to share this learning and best practice internationally. 

“Health care professionals are visiting us to learn how we have developed the service to ensure patients receive the best possible standards of care while helping them retain their independence. 

“Having the Swedish delegation with us this week has enabled us to pass on our best practices while also getting an insight into other ways of working. 

“The Swedish team told us that they don’t have a dedicated Orthogeriatric service in order to provide older people with fractures comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care and found it very interesting to see how this worked at the RAH.  

“They also thought that the link between the Community Falls Prevention Team and the RAH Falls assessment service was excellent.  

“The single point of access telephone number that can be used by people who have fallen in order to be screened and assessed was one aspect that the group thought highly of, as was the ‘one-stop’ comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to assessing people at the RAH Falls clinic. 

“At the RAH we have a very proactive multi-disciplinary group of staff dedicated to optimising the care of hip fracture patients, while assisting them in retaining their independence. 

“We have developed ways of working which give people who have fractured their hips the best possible chance to leave hospital as quickly, and as safely, as possible. 

“As a country, Scotland is held up as the world’s leading country with regards to improving hip fracture care. 

“We’re always working to improve that and have developed our service to the point that hip fracture patients have, on average, a nine day shorter stay with us compared to the Scottish average.”

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