Guernsey has joined a National Joint Registry which will see our health officials share data with other jurisdictions to the benefit of patients who need hip, knee or other joint replacement surgeries.
The NJR already covered England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man and means Guernsey's data will now be collected too.
That started at the beginning of November last year.
Pictured: The Princess Elizabeth Hospital is where all patients have operations including joint replacements.
The Princess Elizabeth Hospital carries out joint replacements across the island's population of more than 62,000.
Joining the NJR means Guernsey's doctors and surgeons will have access to the largest orthopaedic registry in the world, with around three million records, which increases by around 250,000 each year.
The NJR will now monitor implants, hospital and surgeon performance, which it says will "highlight areas of poor and best practice, as well as providing a rich and important source of data to facilitate research.
"These key areas of the NJR’s work are of significant value in ensuring a focus on patient safety and improving patient outcomes across joint procedures, so we are very pleased to extend these benefits to Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, going forwards."
Dr Peter Rabey, Medical Director at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, said: “The orthopaedic department at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital is very pleased to start contributing data to this world leading national arthroplasty registry. In the long term sharing this data will undoubtedly lead to overall improvements in treatment and safety and be of huge benefit for future joint replacement patients in Guernsey."
Elaine Young, NJR Director of Operations commented: “The National Joint Registry is pleased to welcome Guernsey’s orthopaedic services on board and facilitate their engagement with the NJR’s quality monitoring and reporting outcomes activities. The aim of the NJR is to work in the interests of patients to drive forward quality, to enable greater choices and continuously better outcome results for orthopaedic patients.“
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