Improving patient outcomes

Feature Block - Our Values

Our Values

We put our patients first by working as one team; leading and listening; and striving for the best. 

Improving patient outcomes

As part of a drive for transparency currently being led by the NHS Commissioning Board, the outcomes for some types of surgery are now available online for everyone to view. For the first time, the information will be presented for individual consultant surgeons.

This initiative has been launched including the following ten specialities:

  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Thyroid and endocrine surgery
  • Upper gastro-intestinal surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Vascular surgery
Please note that the surgical procedures included within the adult cardiac surgery and upper gastro-intestinal specialities are not performed by the teams at Musgrove Park Hospital. Therefore there will be no information recorded for any of our consultants on those sites.
The information now available includes:
  • the amount of operations for certain types that each surgeon has performed over various set time periods (the surgeon's 'activity' over that time)
  • the proportion (%) of those patients iundergoing surgery that died within an identified time period following the surgery (the mortality rate).
For some types of surgery, a further range of figures is published, addressing aspects of care such as:
  • the rate of complications (events that can lead from surgery which are not desired or may require further care; and
  • the rate of re-admission to hospital - an indication that further specialist care was required.

The information has been published by NHS Choices ( and each of the following specialist societies.

For more information on how to data specifically relates to Musgrove Park Hospital,click here.

Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (Musgrove Park Hospital does not carry out these procedures)
As you will see, not all of these societies have published information yet due to further checks that need to take place at a national level to verify the data.
Guidance to help patients and the public with interpreting this information is available from NHS Choices and from each of the specialist societies listed.
All relevant Hospital consultants contribute to the society audits, from which the published data is taken. 

Further information can also be found on the Royal College of Surgeons website.