Praise for town’s Johnson Hospital

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LINCOLNSHIRE Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has been praised for its services at community hospitals across the county.

The trust has been given ratings by the National Patient Safety Agency as part of its annual Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessments, which are carried out at hospitals with ten or more in-patient beds.

Hospitals can be awarded ratings of excellent, good, acceptable, poor and unacceptable in three categories; environment, food and privacy and dignity.

From a patient perspective, the assessment looks at the environment of each hospital, including the cleanliness, decoration, linen, furniture and state of repair. The quality of food and its nutritional value are judged, as is the quality of sleeping accommodation, and toilet and bathroom facilities.

The Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding achieved ‘excellent’ ratings for food and privacy and dignity, and ‘good’ for its environment.

Simon Temple, head of clinical services, said: “We’re very proud of the services and facilities we provide in Spalding and were pleased to see we had again been judged as offering the highest possible quality in two of the PEAT categories. Our teams have been working hard to address the points raised about how to improve the environment for our patients, and as a result work has already been completed in all of our ensuite bathrooms.