Hospitals among UK’s best

The Southern Trust’s acute hospital network – Craigavon Area and Daisy Hill - has been named as one of the Top 40 performing hospitals in the UK for the fifth year running.

The CHKS Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

The Southern Trust was also one of the top five in the UK for Patient Safety at the CHKS Awards as well as being the first in Northern Ireland to receive the National Data Quality Award (for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

The Data Quality Award recognises a commitment to driving improvement in clinical coding and data quality to the highest standard.

Francis Rice, Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive (Interim) said: “The data quality award recognises the importance of timely and accurate clinical coding and the essential roles this plays in ensuring that we have information available for analysis on patient outcomes, diagnosis and treatment, which in turn helps us learn and improve provision of care.”

Congratulating staff, Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee said: “We are committed to promoting a culture of excellence and this recognition once again reassures all of our patients that their hospitals are amongst the best in the UK.

“I would like to pay tribute to every member of staff who has played an important role in achieving these awards.”