A clean bill of health, apart from the grounds
UNTIDY grounds and unclean wheelchairs are issues at a Buckinghamshire hospital.
Amersham Hospital was failed on the appearance and tidiness of its grounds and the cleanliness of wheelchairs and walking aids available in the main reception, according to a team of patient assessors.
However, the survey mostly gave the hospital a clean bill of health.
Wycombe Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital both passed all the assessments for cleanliness and the condition and appearance of public areas.
The ratings are based on surveys where teams of local staff and patients go into hospitals and look at things like cleanliness, privacy and food, filling out a form rating the items. The Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme replaced the former Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) programme from April 2013. These self-assessments are undertaken by teams of NHS and private/ independent health care providers, and, for the first time, include at least 50 per cent members of the public (known as patient assessors).
They focus on the environment in which care is provided, as well as supporting non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported.