A Suffolk hospital has been recognised for its commitment and the quality of care it provides to its patients.

St Edmunds Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, part of Circle Health Group, has been named a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider. 

The recognition comes after the Suffolk hospital successfully completed a national programme of local data audits.

To do so, staff and doctors had to pass six ambitious targets during the 2021/22 audit operation.

As part of the NJR’s role, hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder replacement operations were monitored in order to improve clinical outcomes to improve patient care.   

Carol Rose, the director of clinical services at St Edmunds Hospital, said: "Improving patient safety is of the utmost importance and something all staff take very seriously. 

"We fully support the National Joint Registry’s work in facilitating improvement in clinical outcomes and governance for the benefit of joint replacement patients. 

"We are delighted to be awarded their ‘Quality Data Provider’ award."

Peter Lord, the executive director of St Edmunds Hospital, added: "I am immensely proud of the work teams across the hospital have put into securing this award.  

"Patient safety is at the heart of our approach to caring for patients across Bury St Edmunds and further afield.  

"We continue to work closely with our colleagues at the NJR to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the patients in our care."

The registry collects high-quality orthopaedic data to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall cost-effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.

The work done by staff and doctors at St Edmunds Hospital will help form a blueprint for other hospitals to improve and shape their approach to orthopaedic care.