Hospital serves up best food in Derbyshire

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Hospital food in Belper is the best in Derbyshire, according to official figures.

However, the condition and maintenance of Babington Hospital is the worst of the county’s 11 community hospitals, inspected as part of the new national patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE).

An assessment of the food service at ward level and the taste and temperature of food was given a score of 97.47 per cent at the hospital, located on Derby Road.

Meanwhile, qualities such as décor, tidiness, signage, lighting, linen, car parking, waste management, the external appearance of buildings and the tidiness and maintenance of the grounds received the lowest score in Derbyshire with 91.88 per cent.

Tracy Allen, chief executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We invited patient representatives to score us when they inspected our hospitals for the PLACE scores.

“These findings reflect what they found and are all the more valuable to us for being independently assessed.

“There are some tremendous results which show how hard our staff work to make patients feel comfortable when they stay in one of our hospitals.

“We will be looking to improve further on these good results for next year, based on the valuable feedback provided by our assessors.”

Babington was the second worst hospital in Derbyshire for cleanliness - but still scored 98.76 per cent.

It was joint fourth for privacy and dignity with 91.83 per cent.

Graham Smith, Care Environment Lead for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We are very grateful to all the patients’ representatives who were involved as PLACE assessors. We have some great results to build upon.

“Our aim now must be to achieve more perfect 100 per cent scores as we take forward these most recent findings to ensure the comfort of patients in our care.”