West Suffolk takes a Top Hospitals award

Jan Bloomfield, left, WSH executive director of workforce and communications, and chief executive Steve Dunn receiving a Top Hospital Award  from Sarah Atkinson, managing director of CHKS ANL-160513-155038001
Jan Bloomfield, left, WSH executive director of workforce and communications, and chief executive Steve Dunn receiving a Top Hospital Award from Sarah Atkinson, managing director of CHKS ANL-160513-155038001
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West Suffolk Hospital has been named one of the country’s top hospitals for providing safe, effective and high quality care for the second year running.

It was one of 40 from across the country to receive the accolade from independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS during its Top Hospitals 2016 awards ceremony in London on Tuesday.

It comes following detailed analysis of 22 key areas covering clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Judges looked at a variety of data, including length of stay, hospital acquired infections, in-patient surveys and emergency readmission rates, before deciding which hospitals would receive the award.

For the sixth consecutive year, West Suffolk was also one of just five hospitals shortlisted in the quality of care category. The trust won the title in 2011 and 2012.

Prof Dr Stephen Dunn, WSH chief executive, said: “It shows that the care we deliver at West Suffolk is safe, effective and of the highest quality.

“The accolade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who are committed to making sure all of our patients receive the best possible care and have a good experience when using the hospital.

“We will continue to look for ways in which we can improve still further so that we can build on this success still further in the future.”

Sarah Atkinson, CHKS managing director, said: “These awards recognise outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering high quality care. We are delighted West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is one of our 2016 top hospitals.”