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Three hospitals run by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have scored highly in the latest annual Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessment.

The assessments were carried out by the Trust’s staff and governors, together with patients, patient representatives and members of the public.

Hospitals are given a rating of excellent, good, acceptable, poor or unacceptable in standards of privacy and dignity, environment and food within their buildings.

The assessments were carried out at King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community Hospital and Ashfield Health Village.

All three received an award of excellent for the patient environment and for the choice, quality and taste of food offered to patients.

Mansfield Community Hospital and Ashfield Health Village were also awarded excellent for privacy and dignity, with King’s Mill Hospital receiving a ‘good’ rating in this area.

Lorraine Palmer, Director of Operations for Corporate Development at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This year was one of the best audits we have undertaken. It was a real privilege to be part of the team and see such consistent good standards across all elements of the audit.

“We endeavour to ensure that all of our patients are cared for in a comfortable and dignified environment as we want our patients to feel as contented as possible whilst they are with us.

“It is also important that we offer our patients an appetising and nutritious range of food, snacks and beverages and so receiving an excellent rating for our food is also important to us.

“This is a real achievement for the Trust and reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff.”