Lichfield’s Samuel Johnson Community Hospital has been given a clean bill of health by the Department of Health following an independent assessment.
Hospital visits are undertaken each year by Patient Environment Action Teams (PEATS) who check patient environment issues such as cleanliness relating not just to wards but waiting areas, furnishing and the levels of privacy and dignity of amenities provided for patients.
Hospitals run by South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) Provider Services were assessed as having high levels of cleanliness, excellent food and a high level of privacy and dignity which examined the quality of sleeping accommodation as well as toilet/bathroom facilities.
And the Samuel Johnson Hospital in Lichfield received good scores in the three main categories of Environment, Food and Privacy and Dignity.
Each inspection was carried out by a Patient Environment Action Team which consists of NHS staff, including nurses and domestic managers, executive and non-executive directors and their estate managers as well as patient representatives.
Stuart Poynor, PCT Chief Executive, has high praise for the staff and said:
“PCT Provider Services is delighted to have been assessed as having a good standard of cleanliness and environment and providing a good range of food options. Our housekeeping staff deserve to be congratulated for maintaining the meticulous standards but every single member of staff at both community hospitals play an active part in keeping the environment and levels of privacy and dignity at the top of the agenda.
“I would also like to say well done to our catering teams. The high standard achieved is a reflection on the work of each individual member of the team. They are extremely dedicated and it is great to see their efforts recognised.”