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Sherwood Forest Hospitals rated one of the cleanest trusts in the country

Posted onPosted on 5th Feb

Sherwood Forest Hospitals – which runs King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton; Mansfield Community Hospital; and Newark Hospital – has been rated above the national average in all areas of the latest Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) survey.

The trust has been rated as one of the cleanest in the country scoring 100% for cleanliness at King’s Mill Hospital, 99.35% for Newark Hospital and 99.86% for Mansfield Community Hospital against the national average of 98.06% alongside high scores for food, privacy, condition appearance, dementia care and disability.

The figures published by NHS Digital, show that Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ trust-wide score for cleanliness at the time of assessment was more than 1.5 percentage points above the national average of 98.06%.

To determine the results, local independent patient representatives, governors, Health Watch representatives and trust staff along with the PLACE lead for the trust, Louisa Ward, visit the three sites to review, through the patient’s eyes, the environment within which the Trust delivers care. The inspection focuses on cleanliness, food, privacy, dignity and wellbeing, dementia, disability, condition, appearance and maintenance of the buildings.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals associate director of estates and facilities, Ben Widdowson, said: “This assessment provides an invaluable insight into how people rate their experience at our hospitals. The scores achieved are a tribute to our staff and teams who work hard to maintain such high standards.

“It is pleasing to see that we have improved our scores in the dementia care category of the survey, as we have made many positive changes across our sites to ensure that our environments are as dementia friendly as possible, with different flooring and colour coded areas.

“It was really encouraging to see us scoring so highly across the board and see the many positive comments that were made about our hospitals.”