East Surrey Hospital has scored 100 per cent for cleanliness after a recent assessment, prompting Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to tweet a note of congratulations.
The Hospital in Redhill has come out on top out of its 10 neighbouring hospitals after an assessment of its environment by a patient-led group.
Staff at the hospital are proud after the latest Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) results gave the hospital 100 per cent for cleanliness, up from 97.20 per cent in last year’s results, and came out top overall in the region.
Ian Mackenzie, Director of Information and Facilities said: “We take great pride in the cleanliness of our hospital and many visitors often comment on what a good job our housekeeping team do. This assessment looked at the whole environment and we are pleased our hard work has been recognised, however there is always more we can do to further improve our environment.”
The trust also saw an improvement in their scores for food and hydration, and condition, appearance and maintenance of patient areas when the scores were announced on Wednesday (27th August).
PLACE was introduced last year to replace the Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) with the key purpose of ensuring patients are at the centre of all inspections of hospital environments.
The self-assessment teams include at least 50 per cent patient assessors, who are members of the public and focus on the environment in which care is provided, as well as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported.
You can view the full results here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB14780