Patients suffering from bowel cancer have a better chance of surviving major surgery in Southampton, latest figures have revealed.

Southampton General Hospital had fewer than two deaths for every 100 patients treated, compared to the national average of three.

The national bowel cancer audit 2013 showed that the team of six surgeons performed 274 operations with one of the lowest mortality rates – resulting in one of the best survival rates in the UK at 98.2 per cent.

As part of the analysis, each hospital trust received a percentage score based on how ill patients were, how high-risk their procedures were and how many survived, with the national average at 3.1 per cent deaths.

If the number was lower, it showed a better than average survival rate and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s was 1.8 per cent.