HOSPITAL bosses say nine out of 10 patients would be happy to be treated at Crewe's troubled Leighton Hospital - just three months after health watchdogs slammed its level of care.
A report by the Healthcare Commission said the debt-ridden hospital had made no improvements to its nursing care since 2002, when nurse Barbara Salisbury attempted to murder two patients.
The damning 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 recommend Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which is responsible for Leighton Hospital and Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, to their family and friends.
It says that 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 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, the survey also shows where we can make further improvements and we will act on these findings accordingly.'