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Highest rating for Ashford and St Peter's
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Trust has been rated as low risk for key factors including mortality rates, infection control and waiting times.
The trust was categorised as a band six, the best rating, in a hospital intelligence monitoring report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on October 24.
The report assesses if hospitals are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, and looks at 86 quality indicators including infection control rates, mortality rates, waiting times, staff surveys and staffing levels.
Suzanne Rankin, chief nurse at the trust, said: “This is excellent news for our patients and reflects our commitment to improving quality in our hospitals. For example, one of the indicators relates to infection control which is an area we are performing really well on.
“It’s now been just over a year since we reported a hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia and, since the beginning of April, we have only reported four cases of clostridium difficile, our best performance ever and one which puts us right at the top of the south-east coast area.
“Other areas we are doing well on include reducing harm in our hospitals and good mortality rates.”
The report is individually prepared for each NHS trust across the country and gives detailed views on how a hospital is performing, prior to an inspection under the new CQC regime.
Once a hospital is inspected, it will receive an Ofsted-style rating; outstanding, very good, satisfactory or inadequate.
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is also deemed as low risk and grouped in to band six.
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