Our region's facts
Healthcare in the north east of England
The north east is renowned for providing high quality healthcare services and is well known for delivering the best maternity care in England. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the facts for yourself.
In the Care Quality Commission's annual health check ratings, every single acute hospital in the region, as well as the ambulance service, is rated either 'excellent' or 'good' for quality of services, giving by far the highest scores in England.
Between 1993 and 2007, there was a 61% reduction in deaths from heart disease among people under the age of 75. In July 2007, the Healthcare Commission confirmed that the north east is one of the best in the UK for treating patients with heart failure.
In January 2008, the Healthcare Commission said that hospitals in the north east provide the best maternity care in England. The ‘Review of Maternity Services 2007’ also rated seven out of the eight hospital trusts in the north east as ‘best performing’.
NHS North East is the only region in England to hit both targets of at least 85% of patients needing admission to hospital and 90% of patients not needing admission being treated within 18 weeks of referral from their GP.
From April 2007 to March 2008, nearly 24,000 people in our region used NHS stop smoking services to quit their habit.