Trust inpatient areas rated highly by annual inspection

Nottinghamshire Healthcare has received top scores in the 2011 Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessment.

The annual assessment is carried out in all inpatient healthcare sites in England with 10 or more beds and looks at non-clinical aspects of patient care. Ratings of excellent, good, acceptable, poor and unacceptable are awarded in the following key areas:

Privacy and dignity – (the segregation of men and women in sleeping areas and toilets/bathrooms).

Patient Environment – (including bathroom areas, lighting, floors and decoration of patient areas, linen, furniture and state of repair);

Food – (quality of food and its nutritional value);

Cleanliness

Infection control

All of the 17 Nottinghamshire Healthcare sites assessed were rated as either good or excellent. They include Highbury Hospital in Bulwell, The Wells Road Centre in Nottingham, mental health wards within Bassetlaw and Nottingham hospitals, Rampton Hospital in Retford and medium secure units Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, which received ratings of excellent across the board.

Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s PEAT scores. We strive to provide the best services and environments we possibly can to our patients and these ratings reflect that. Thanks must go to all our staff who work so hard to achieve these standards.”

The PEAT assessment teams consist of NHS staff, including nurses, matrons, doctors, catering and domestic service managers, as well as groups of patients, their representatives and members of the public.

The assessment results help to highlight areas for improvement and share best practice across healthcare organisations in England.