Patients who go into hospital in Dundee are less likely to die now than they were four years ago, new NHS data has revealed.
Mortality stats for the city’s Ninewells Hospital show a 9.4% drop in the number of patients who have died within 30 days of being admitted – including those discharged within 30 days.
Chief operating officer Lorna Wiggin said: “Hospital mortality rates have consistently reduced in NHS Tayside through a series of initiatives which are led by our clinical teams and aimed at preventing avoidable deaths.
“This includes improvements in care pathways for cardiac patients, resulting in a 19% improvement in cardiac arrest rates since 2013, and stroke patients.
“Improvements to the identification, treatment and escalation of deteriorating patients, medicines management and reducing infections have also had an impact.”
However, the news is not so good elsewhere in Tayside.
At Perth Royal Infirmary, the mortality rate has risen by 1%, while at Stracathro Hospital in Angus, it has risen by more than a third in four years.
Ms Wiggin added: “Stracathro is a small hospital with very few deaths and as a result there is often a wide variation in mortality rates.”
Across Scotland, mortality rates have dropped by 9.9% in the last four years.
Mortality rates themselves are calculated based on the number of deaths recorded against the number of deaths expected in a particular period of time.