Southampton’s teaching hospitals have been awarded high marks for quality of food, cleanliness and privacy in the Department of Health’s annual inspection.
The Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT), managed by the National Patient Safety Agency, gave Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Princess Anne Hospital and Countess Mountbatten House “excellent” ratings for food and privacy and dignity, and “good” for environment.
Southampton General Hospital scored “good” results in all three categories.
Under the PEAT programme, every hospital in England with more than ten beds is assessed annually and given a rating of excellent, good, acceptable, poor or unacceptable.
The teams inspect standards across a range of patient services including food, cleanliness, infection control and patient environment to give the hospital an overall rating.
Judy Gillow, director of nursing at SUHT, said: “We are very pleased to have received strong marks in this national assessment and staff across the Trust should be rightfully proud of the achievement.
“We are working hard in all areas to achieve continuous improvement as we want the experience of patients to be the best.”
Posted on Monday 6 July 2009