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Leek and Cheadle Hospital achieve top marks

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

  • Leek Moorlands Hospital

  • Cheadle Hospital

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LEEK Moorlands and Cheadle hospitals have both achieved a 100 per cent rating for the food they serve patients.

Both hospitals have also been rated highly for their cleanliness, condition, maintenance and appearance, along with privacy, dignity and well-being enjoyed, by patients, in results published by the Health and Social Care Information Service.

The Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme focuses on non-clinical issues and looks at how the care environment supports patients' privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness and general building maintenance and decor.

Siobhan Heafield, Director of Quality and Nursing at Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, said: "Patients have the right to be treated in clean surroundings, with good food and with respect for their privacy.

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"Our staff work especially hard to ensure patients staying in our hospitals have a positive and personalised experience and I would like to congratulate them on these impressive results."

Cheadle Mayor Ron Locker, who is also a member of Cheadle Hospital League of Friends, said: "When I spent a month in Cheadle Hospital six years ago the care and the food I received was superb – it was well prepared and the presentation was very good, which makes a big difference.

"A good meal is an absolutely vital part of helping patients get better, and I think these announcements are very welcome news.

"It's a false economy not to spend money on food, and I hope this drives up standards in the bigger hospitals."

Leek Moorlands gained 96 per cent for its cleanliness, 91 per cent for its condition, maintenance and appearance and 87 per cent for privacy, dignity and well-being.

Cheadle Hospital received a 99 per cent mark for cleanliness, 93 per cent for its condition, maintenance and appearance, and 96 per cent for privacy, dignity and well being.

Assessments were carried out between March and June 2014.

The Longton Cottage, Bradwell and Haywood community hospitals were also rated highly.

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