West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds in final for national patient care award for third year running

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West Suffolk Hospital, which has won a national award for the past two years running in recognition of the high quality of care in provides to patients, has been shortlisted once again.

The hospital in Bury St Edmunds is one of five finalists in the quality of care category in the Top Hospital

Awards 2013, run by independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS.

It makes the shortlist once again having recorded good performance against a number of key criteria, including the length of time patients stay in the hospital, waiting times and rates of emergency readmissions.

It was also assessed against criteria for mortality rates and the patient’s care plan.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at the hospital, said: “To be shortlisted for such a prestigious national award for the third consecutive year is fantastic news for the trust.

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

“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 our aim will always be to improve still further and learn lessons for the benefit of our patients.

“We will not become complacent and 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 other finalists are: Airedale NHS Foundation Trust; Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 30.