BOSSES say nine out of 10 patients would be happy to be treated at Crewe's troubled Leighton Hospital - three months after health watchdogs slammed its level of care.
A report by the Health Care Commission in February said the debt-ridden hospital had made no improvements to its nursing care since 2002, when jailed nurse Barbara Salisbury attempted to murder two patients.
The damming investigation found there was a shortage of nurses, over reliance on agency workers, patients being admitted to the wrong ward or repeatedly moved, and a lack of training and equipment.
But figures in the latest National Inpatient Survey reveal patients would be happy to re-commend Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, responsible for Leighton Hospital and Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, to their family and friends
It says more than 94% of patients at both hospitals rated their overall care as 'excellent,' 'very good' or 'good' compared to 92% nationally.
More than 80% of patients said they were always treated with dignity and respect while they were in hospital and found doctors and nurses worked well together.
Chief executive Stephen Eames said: 'Patients' views are extremely important and give us a comprehensive picture of how our staff and services are performing.
'Everyone at the Trust is delighted to have scored so highly in many areas, as this shows that most of our patients are happy with the services they receive.
'However, we are not complacent about the quality of care we provide. The survey also shows where we can make further improvements and we will act on these findings accordingly.'
Questionnaires were posted to 850 adult inpatients discharged from the Trust between July and August
A total of 516 patients responded to the survey, which is a response rate of 62% compared to the national average rate of 56%.
Patients were also asked about their experiences in hospital including their admission, the quality of care,
pain management, communication with doctors and nurses, hospital cleanliness and privacy and dignity.
Sue Pickup, the Trust's public and patient involvement (PPI) manager, said that the National Inpatient Survey was just one of the methods by which the Trust engages with the people it serves.
She said: 'We carry out a range of regular surveys, including national ones like the Inpatient Survey and more local ones at the request of staff.
'We are also keen to get out and about to meet people and speak to them first hand about the Trust.'