High rating for town’s hospital

BUXTON hospital has performed well in assessments to see how hospitals look after the comfort of their patients.

The community hospital on London Road, Buxton, which is run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, was rated excellent or good in all three categories in the latest Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) Assessments 2011, managed by the National Patient Safety Agency. Buxton’s Cavendish Hospital also achieved excellent or good in the three categories.

The annual PEAT scores rated hospitals for: the standard of their environment – including cleanliness and safety; meals and nutritional quality and the attention paid to the privacy and dignity of patients.

Graham Smith, Facilities Professional Advisor for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Hospital food and cleanliness are at the heart of patient confidence in healthcare and we are delighted that our services have been rated so highly.

“We firmly believe that looking after the everyday comfort and care of patients, as well as their medical needs, is important to their recovery.”

Some recent developments at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s premises include: Regular cleaning and environmental audits by hospital matrons and hotel services staff; A specialist deep cleaning team appointed; Introduction of a patient survey to seek feedback about hospital cleanliness, food, privacy, dignity and infection control; Menu review; Decorating and upgrading of the patient environment; Training for staff in how the care environment directly affects patients’ health and wellbeing.