North Bristol NHS Trust ‘among best hospitals in England’ according to patient safety survey

Monday, 30 November 2009

North Bristol NHS Trust has achieved the highest possible rating for its patient safety in an independent healthcare survey.
The trust which runs Southmead and Frenchay hospitals is named as one of only 14 in England in the top ‘band 5’ category, and the best in the South West in the Hospital Guide published by Dr Foster.
The Trust was also noted to have lower than expected mortality ratios in the new survey.
The Trust’s Medical Director Dr Chris Burton said: “We are delighted to see the work we have been engaged in has meant that our patient safety is amongst the best in England.”
“We have been participants in the Safer Patients Initiative, the Patient Safety First Campaign and the South West Strategic Health Authority’s Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Programme. This has meant that over the past three years we have begun to transform the quality of care we deliver.”

The Trust has made improvements in a number of aspects of patient safety, which include ward and theatre safety briefings. It has put a great deal of effort into infection reduction, hand hygiene and have improved cleanliness in the clinical areas.
North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest trust in the South West, treating more than 117,000 inpatients and day case patients, as well as 370,000 outpatients every year.
Dr Burton added: “We are very pleased with this independent endorsement from Dr Foster. This rating is testament to the hard work of our staff to put safety at the top of their agenda. We are not complacent and know that there is still a long way to go, but we can be rightly pleased with our performance and use this as a platform to build upon.”
Detail about the Hospital Guide can be found at http://www.drfosterhealth.co.uk/ to read North Bristol's report click this link: http://www.drfosterhealth.co.uk/hospital-guide/trust/North-Bristol-NHS-Trust-281.aspx