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Hospital named as one of the best in the country

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2013

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BURTON’S Queen’s hospital has been named as one of the best in the UK for 2013 – for the sixth year running.

The Belvedere Road site was honoured by the CHKS awards, which celebrate excellence amongst UK NHS Trusts and are based on the evaluation of 22 key areas covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Helen Ashley, chief executive of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be named as one of the 40 Top Hospitals for 2013, which is a tribute to the hard work of all our staff and reflects the important improvements we are continually making in both patient care and patient experience.

“It is a fantastic achievement to have been in the top 40 for six years now.”

The CHKS Top Hospital awards have been running since 2001 and are the only purely data-driven healthcare awards in the UK.

Their analytical rigour means that a place in the Top 40 is regarded as a significant coup for winners.

Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, said: “These awards recognise outstanding performance in 22 areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care.”

Among the areas that the hospital was reviewed included:

- Reported C-diff rate for patients aged 65 and over;

- An inpatient survey;

- Percentage of outpatient first appointments not attended;

- Rate of emergency readmission to hospital.

This comes at a time that the hospital is being investigated as a result of high death rates site. The review, led by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, will start on May 23.

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