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Death rates fall across west London hospitals

There were 2,378 deaths at the London North West Healthcare Trust, much lower than the 2,772 which was expected.

Three west London hospitals have recorded a significantly lower rate of deaths than expected for the second quarter in a row.

According to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, the numbers of people dying either in hospital or within a month of being discharged - between October 2013 and September 2014 - in the trusts of Chelsea & Westminster, Hillingdon Hospitals and London North West Healthcare were all much lower than were forecast.

There were 2,378 deaths at the London North West Healthcare Trust, much lower than the 2,772 expected; 937 at the Hillingdon Hospitals Trust compared to an expected 1,066; and 515 at Chelsea and Westminster Trust compared to an expected figure of 635.

Including the three west London trusts, only 16 out of 137 hospital trusts in England observed a significantly higher than expected number of deaths in this 12-month period.

It is the second quarter in a row that each of the three have observed lower than expected levels of mortality. Only 14 hospital trusts have seen lower than expected levels of death for two consecutive quarters.

Elsewhere in west London, the West Middlesex University Hospital Trust recorded a normal level of mortality for the second consecutive quarter.

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