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New accolade as West Suffolk Hospital named a top CHKS hospital

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West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2018.

West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds....Picture Mark Westley. (2420129)
West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds....Picture Mark Westley. (2420129)

The award is made through analysis of data from all hospital trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More than 20 performance indicators were analysed by healthcare improvement organisation CHKS with data from information submitted to NHS Digital.

The performance indicators cover safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care, and are revised annually to take into account any newly-available performance information.

Steve Dunn, chief executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This award shows that our staff are providing top quality care in the NHS.

"Of course, there are things we want to improve, but we are proud of the innovations and changes we make to the way we work to ensure the quality of care that we provide is outstanding.

"It can be hard to innovate when the day-to-day pressures are so high and everyone is so busy but even in challenging times working in a different way is important for long-term success.”

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “These awards have become hugely respected, not least because they are based on objective data.”