Community facilities in Portsmouth achieve high standards

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HEALTH services provided by Solent NHS Trust at three places in Portsmouth have been given the thumbs-up by a patient-led inspection.

Results published by the Health Social Care Information Centre show Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) at St James’ Hospital, Jubilee House and St Mary’s Community Health Centre in the city, were above the national average in all five of the rated areas.

All three facilities scored more than 90 per cent in the five categories they were judged on, including; cleanliness, food and hygiene, privacy, condition and appearance and dementia care. Each centre scored above the national average in all categories.

Deputy director of nursing and allied health professionals, Ellen McNicholas said: ‘These scores reflect the hard work and dedication of all staff working across Solent NHS Trust.

‘We are extremely proud of the results which show our standards are well above the national average in all areas,

‘Our patients are at the centre of everything we do, which is why we are delighted to have been scored so highly by the assessors, many of whom are patients.’

The assessment were introduced to ensure patients were at the forefront of all inspections into hospital environments.

For the first time this year’s PLACE assessments also considered how well health care environments support and care for those with dementia. This assessment looked at flooring, decor and signs as well as other facilities including seating and handrails.

‘As a trust we take a huge amount of pride in the services we provide for our patients,’ added Ms McNicholas.