Trust earns re­ward for record on pa­tient safety

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital Update -

The NHS trust re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal has been recog­nised for its record on pa­tient safety.

East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust picked up The Board Lead­er­ship Award at the HSJ Pa­tient Safety Awards.

The trust’s four-year strat­egy in­cludes cut­ting in­fec­tion rates and bring­ing in the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to help staff mon­i­tor pa­tients bet­ter.

Progress is scru­ti­nised on a monthly ba­sis.

Stu­art Bain, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the trust, said: “The hon­our for this award goes to all our staff who strive to de­liver per­son-cen­tred, safe and ef­fec­tive care ev­ery day and ev­ery time.”

Though only halfway through its plan, the trust says the strat­egy has al­ready had a proven im­pact, re­duc­ing the num­ber of safety in­ci­dents in east Kent’s hos­pi­tals.

The trust now has one of the low­est mor­tal­ity rates in the coun­try.

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