July 25, 2011 10.59 am This story is over 148 months old

Lincoln hospital scores well in national tests

Acceptable: Lincoln County Hospital has been granted good marks for its quality of food, privacy and dignity.

Lincoln County Hospital is offering its patients a good quality of food and high levels of privacy, according to a national assessment.

Lincoln County Hospital was awarded an “excellent” for their food, a “good” for privacy and dignity and an “acceptable” for environment.

The Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessments look at a patient’s perspective of wards, outpatient areas and public areas in a hospital such as car parks.

Lincolnshire hospitals overall were shown to be offering a high quality of food as all United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust received an “excellent” grade for the food for the first time.

Director of Facilities Management at ULHT, Mike Speakman, is very pleased with this year’s assessment saying it “reflects all the hard work that has gone in to improving the hospital environment for our patients”.

Speakman added: “We are particularly pleased to find that all our hospitals have been given an ‘excellent’ rating for the quality of food provided.

“This reflects the work of the catering teams and the increased focus on protected mealtimes, meal service and the overall dining experiences of our patients.”

He also welcomed the “good” ratings for privacy and dignity as it reflects the work to improve same sex wards in Lincolnshire hospitals: “During the assessments, the investment we have made in improving same sex accommodation and facilities was highly commended and deemed to have made a significant difference for patients.

“We recognise that there is a much greater awareness and expectation on privacy and dignity and we will continue to further develop this area.”

Source: ULHT