Excellent food score for fifth year running
Monday, 6 July 2009
The food at North Bristol NHS Trust has been rated as excellent for the fifth year running according to the latest PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) findings.
In addition the overall score for the hospital environment has significantly improved.
It is a national requirement that every NHS Trust has an annual PEAT inspection and the National Patients Safety Agency publishes the findings.
The inspection separately rates: the hospital environment, food and privacy and dignity. Potential scores range from: excellent, good, acceptable, poor and unacceptable.
NBT has significantly improved its environmental score from last year, as part of the assessment for this particular rating, the PEAT team looked at: cleanliness, tidiness, grounds and gardens, ventilation and smells around both hospital sites. Their findings found that NBT's environment rating should be raised from acceptable to good.
The standard of food served has also been maintained as excellent for the fifth year running.
Privacy and dignity is scored separately recognising its importance to patients. In this category both Frenchay and Southmead were scored as good.
Simon Wood, Director of Facilities at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: "We are really pleased that our environmental score has increased to good this year, this really shows the commitment and hard work of our staff.
"We are also extremely proud, that for the last five years, we have been able to maintain an excellent rating for our standard of food - we understand how significant it can be to a patients' recovery.
"It is also very encouraging to have scored a good result for privacy and dignity. This is an incredibly important factor for patients when they stay with us and I am pleased that the PEAT team has recognised this Trust's commitment to making sure our patients' stay with us, is as comfortable as possible."