A clean bill of health, apart from the grounds

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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