FOOD at Northwich’s Victoria Infirmary, and Leighton Hospital, and has been given top marks in a national survey.
The standard of food at both hospitals has been rated as ‘excellent’ by the Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT), which is made up of patients, members of the public and NHS staff.
The team assessed the hospitals’ food in a range of areas including quality, choice and service, as well as initiatives to help patients with their nutritional intake, including protected mealtimes and nutritional screening.
PEAT also judged the overall environment at both hospitals had improved in the past 12 months to ‘good’ from last year’s ‘acceptable’. The scores took into account reviews of bathroom areas, décor, lighting, floors and patient areas.
In a new category, both hospitals were rated as ‘good’ for privacy and dignity, reinforcing the commitment that staff have given to ensure their patients are treated with respect.
Matron Philippa Pordes works across the medical wards at Leighton Hospital and will shortly be taking up a 12-month post as the Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust’s new Privacy and Dignity Matron.
She welcomed the PEAT assessment of both the Crewe and Northwich hospitals and said: “It’s great news to see the improvements we have made over the past 12 months.
“We are absolutely committed to ensuring our patients receive their care in the best possible environment and that they are treated respectfully and considerately when they spend time with us in hospital.
The PEAT team assessed hygiene standards at both hospitals, assessing general cleanliness, toilets and bathrooms and infection control initiatives, as well as elements of the hospital’s physical environment such as lighting and furnishings, car parking and patient access.
Further information about the PEAT scores can be found at http://www.msnpsa.nhs.uk/Peat/