NHS Scotland reduces hospital stay after hip surgery by 23% and lowers risk of early death.

Performance improving in 9 out of 11 criteria

Main points:

  • 57% of patients were in theatre within 24 hours of hospital admission. Which is an increase from 55% in previous year.
  • The number of people being seen by a physiotherapist within two days of surgery continues to improve, from 91% in 2017 to 94% in 2018.
  • The length of time people spend in a hospital continues to fall. Decreasing from 22 days in 2012 to 17 days in 2018.


Longer stays in hospital after hip surgery are likely to result in a greater risk of ‘early mortality.’



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