Hospital trust is honoured for keeping patients safe

WINNERS Director of nursing and patient safety Cathy Stone, trust chairman Mike Viggers, sister Debby Wolf, clinical matron Ashlee Metcalfe and sister Sue Zachary

WINNERS Director of nursing and patient safety Cathy Stone, trust chairman Mike Viggers, sister Debby Wolf, clinical matron Ashlee Metcalfe and sister Sue Zachary

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PATIENT safety is key for this hospital trust, which has been recognised for its efforts.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester – took the top prize in the board leadership category at the Patient Safety Awards.

It was praised for measures including patient falls, infection control, pressure wounds, and complaints about nursing.

The awards panel commended the trust for its reporting systems at ward level, the way board members are informed and involved, and the way information is matched against patient feedback.

This has led to the trust not reporting any cases of hospital superbug MRSA since December 2010.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing and patient safety, said: ‘Keeping our patients safe is the most fundamental responsibility of everyone at our trust – from the board to the ward. This award is welcomed, although we know the job is never complete – we will never be perfect, but we can always be ready to learn and improve.’

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