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High death rate may be due to lack of end-of-life home care

eforbes@obantimes.co.uk

HIGH mortality rates at Fort William’s Belford hospital could have been a result of insufficient end-of-life care in Lochaber.

Recent Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) show that from January 2016 to March 2016 the Belford had an HSMR of 2.55 for deaths within 30 days of a patient being admitted to the hospital, while the national average is 0.97.

But Fort William and Ardnamurchan councillor Andrew Baxter has told The Oban Times: ‘Perhaps these figures are more related to an elderly population, living in a wider remote rural area, meaning that it is often difficult to arrange suitable end-of-life care at home.

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