Hospital is finalist for top award

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WEST Suffolk Hospital has earned a spot in a top hospital short list, thanks to its high quality of patient care.

The hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, has been short-listed for a prestigious national award in the quality of care category in the Top Hospital Awards 2011.

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust is one of six finalists in the category which recognises hospitals for the high quality of care they provide for their patients.

The awards are run by independent health care intelligence company CHKS. The ceremony will be held in London on May 10.

The hospital recently recorded good performance in an assessment, marked against a number of key criteria, including waiting times, length of patient’s stay in the hospital, mortality rates and the rate of emergency readmission. Whether the patient’s care pathway proceeded as originally planned was also included.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “To be short- listed for such a prestigious national award is fantastic news for the trust.

“It shows that our patients are receiving high quality, safe and effective care and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

“This achievement highlights good performance in a wide variety of key areas, including length of stay and the amount of time which patients wait from referral to treatment. As well as being important markers for the quality of care our patients are receiving, these factors also make a big difference to the experience which people have while using West Suffolk Hospital.

“However, we will not become complacent as we are always looking for ways to improve still further. We will build on this strong foundation over the coming months to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible care to everyone using the hospital.”

The Top Hospital Awards have been running for more than 10 years and aim to recognise improvements and award achievements within the NHS and health sector.