But there’s celebrations elsewhere in NHS as hospital scoops award

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WEST Suffolk Hospital has won a prestigious national award after being named the country’s top hospital for the quality of care for its patients.

The hospital pipped five other NHS trusts to the prize at the Top Hospitals Awards run by independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS.

The award was judged on a number of criteria including waiting times, the length of time patients stay in the hospital and the rate of emergency readmissions.

The award was presented to West Suffolk Hospital’s chief executive Stephen Graves at a ceremony on Tuesday, in London.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious national award.

“It is a fantastic achievement for everybody at West Suffolk Hospital and a testament to the dedication of our staff, and I’d like to thank them all for their continued hard work and commitment.

“The award is an indication of the high standards in place across the hospital and highlights good performance in a wide variety of key areas, including length of stay and waiting times from referral to treatment.

“It is great news for our patients, as it shows the care they are receiving is safe, effective and of the highest quality

“Despite this success, we will not become complacent as we are always looking for ways to improve still further.

“We will continue to build on this strong foundation over the coming months so that we can ensure everyone coming to the hospital not only receives the best possible care, but also has a positive experience while using our services.”