FIGHTING fit is the verdict on the Countess of Chester Hospital which was found to be in the top 40 hospitals in the UK for the ninth year running.
Health care data provider CHKS’s top hospitals programme celebrates the success and good performance of the NHS acute sector.
Dr Virginia Clough, medical director at the Countess, said: “Our staff work incredibly hard to enable us to offer the best and safest care for our patients. As one of only a handful of Trusts in the entire country to obtain this award nine times we are in a very select group, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to focussing on patient care.”
The Countess achieved its enviable rating by excelling across a range of 21 indicators with, for example, 167 fewer deaths than would have been expected given its catchment area.
The 40 top hospitals also showed an average 470 fewer re-admissions, 22% lower Cdifficile rates for patients over 65, and a 6.5% lower MRSA rate.
The awards have only been in existence for nine years meaning that the Countess has successfully received the accolade every year since their inception in 2001.