West Suffolk Hospital shortlisted for national award for fourth year running

West Suffolk Hospital, Bury. ENGANL00120140601110204
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury. ENGANL00120140601110204
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West Suffolk Hospital has been shortlisted for a ‘top hospital’ award for the fourth consecutive year.

The trust is one of five finalists in the quality of care category in the national Top Hospital Awards 2014, which are run by independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS.

It is the fourth year running that West Suffolk, which won the award in 2011 and 2012, has been shortlisted.

The award is given for excellence in high quality care to patients, appropriate to their diagnosis. It is based on a number of criteria, including the length of time patients stay in hospital, waiting times and the rate of emergency readmissions.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “It is a fantastic achievement and great news for patients and our staff, who work hard to provide high quality, safe and effective care to everyone who uses the hospital.

“However, we will not become complacent and will always look for ways to improve still further so that we can ensure everyone coming to West Suffolk not only receives the best possible care, but also has a positive experience while using our services.”

Jason Harries, managing director with CHKS, said: “Our quality of care award highlights those trusts that clearly share a commitment to driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence throughout their organisations.

“It is a credit to the staff at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust that it has been shortlisted for this award.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 13 May.