Sheffield’s hospitals have been given the thumbs-up for having clean wards, serving good food and respecting people’s dignity, following an inspection led by patients and staff.
The Northern General, Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park hospitals, as well as the Jessop maternity wing and Beech Hill rehabilitation unit in Norfolk Park, were checked for standards in four categories which were each scored out of 100.
The sites all scored over 98 per cent for cleanliness, more than 92 per cent for respecting patients’ privacy, dignity and wellbeing, and over 90 per cent for the condition, appearance and maintenance of facilities.
The scores ranged from 89 to 93 per cent for the quality of food.
The inspection scheme - called PLACE, or the Patient Led-Assessment of the Care Environment - was introduced last year, and gives the public, staff and patients the chance to carry out checks on hospitals. The inspections focus on the environment in which care is provided.
Prof Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “Our staff work extremely hard to deliver good standards in all areas of care and it is very pleasing to see our patients and staff have rated us so highly in things that really matter.”
She said domestic staff, including rapid response and deep cleaning teams, worked alongside ward staff and infection control specialists to prevent bugs.
“This has resulted in us once again seeing a reduction in C.diff cases in 2013-14, bringing us to an all-time low,” Prof Chapman added.
“Ward refurbishments and facility upgrades, including a recent £7 million catering infrastructure investment, have also improved environmental standards and we continue to provide good nutrition and hydration, with a greater choice of food for patients.
“While we have posted an excellent set of results we will continue to make every effort to sustain and improve our scores, wherever possible.”