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‘Top hospital’ Northumbria best for safe, high quality care

Thursday, 04 July, 2019
‘Top hospital’ Northumbria best for safe, high quality care

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has once again been chosen as one of the country’s best performing NHS organisations for providing safe, high quality patient care.

The trust has been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2019 for the 12th consecutive year, a prestigious award based on an analysis of data from all hospital trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Celebrating excellence, the awards recognise hospitals that are safer for patients, more effective and have lower mortality rates.

Healthcare improvement specialists CHKS evaluate more than 20 indicators which cover clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care and are revised annually to take into account newly-available performance information.

Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are delighted that we have been named among the country’s best performing hospitals once again.

“These awards are seen as a barometer of overall patient care and we are pleased that we have been recognised for delivering the highest standards of quality and safety in the care we provide in hospitals and in the community.

“To be able to be at the pinnacle of the NHS for more than a decade is fantastic news for our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside and is thanks to the hard work of all our staff.

“I’d like to thank them all for their dedication and together we will continue to work hard to not only remain at this level however strive to provide even better care to our communities in the future.”

Moyra Amess, director, benchmarking, assurance and accreditation, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: “The Top Hospital award recognises outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care. We are delighted that Northumbria Healthcare is one of our Top Hospitals in 2019.”

The trust was also nominated for the patient experience award.

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680