Hospital ranks in top 40 list

Bedford Hospital has ranked among the top 40 trusts. Pictured from left is medical director Colette Marshall, head of clinical information Ann Buck and CHKS managing director Jason Harries.
Bedford Hospital has ranked among the top 40 trusts. Pictured from left is medical director Colette Marshall, head of clinical information Ann Buck and CHKS managing director Jason Harries.

Bedford Hospital has been named one of the top 40 hospitals for the 13th year running.

The CHKS Top 40 Hospitals Award was presented at an annual ceremony in London last month, which was attended by leaders from across the healthcare sector.

The awards are given to the top 40 acute trusts - out of a total of 122 CHKS member trusts - based on the analysis of more than 20 benchmarks covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

CHKS is one of the leading providers of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to the NHS and independent healthcare sector.

Bedford Hospital is also one of five acute hospitals to be shortlisted for the Data Quality Award from all 137 trusts in England.

Medical director Colette Marshall said: “I was delighted to collect this award on behalf of everyone working at the trust.

“Our staff work incredibly hard on a daily basis to provide high quality patient services and so this award is thoroughly well deserved.

“We are one of only a handful of trusts to have been a Top 40 Hospital for 13 consecutive years, which makes it even more special.

“My congratulations also to our Data Quality team on being shortlisted for an award – the first time we have been shortlisted in this category.”

>This week the hospital has been promoting the work of dietitian as part of National Dietetics Week.

A ‘Tweet Day’ was held on Tuesday to raise awareness of the range of work that dietitians do across the hospital, from working with the catering department to provide nutritious meals, assessing patients at risk of malnutrition or dehydration and helping children with food allergies.

The tweets showcased what dietitians do on a day-to-day basis and the difference that they make.