West Suffolk Hospital receives recognition for its high quality of care

Prof Dr Stephen Dunn, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital
Prof Dr Stephen Dunn, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital
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West Suffolk Hospital has been recognised for providing a high quality of care by being shortlisted for a prestigious national award for the fifth consecutive year.

The trust is one of five finalists in the quality of care category in the Top Hospital Awards 2015, which are run by independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS. It previously won the award in 2011 and 2012.

The accolade is based on a number of criteria, including the length of time patients stay in hospital, waiting times, the rate of emergency readmissions, mortality rates and whether the patient’s care pathway proceeded as originally planned.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 19 May.

Meanwhile, the latest figures show that stroke patients at the Bury St Edmunds hospital are continuing to benefit from some of the best care in the country.

The most recent SSNAP (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme) data rates West Suffolk as a level A, making it the best performing of all 16 hospitals in the eastern region and in the country’s top ten.

The hospital scored particularly well for the help put in place to aid recovery and rehabilitation, such as access to speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.