Hospital takes good care of patients

BABINGTON Hospital in Belper has a high standard of cleanliness, treats patients well and serves them high quality meals, according to a national survey.

The community hospital on Derby Road was rated excellent and good in all three categories in the latest Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessments.

PEAT looks into how well hospitals are looking after the comfort of their patients.

The three categories were: standard of their environment, including cleanliness and safety; meals and nutritional quality; the attention paid to the privacy and dignity of patients.

Graham Smith, facilities professional advisor for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, which runs Babington, said: “Hospital food and cleanliness are at the heart of patient confidence in health care and we are delighted that our services have been rated so highly. We firmly believe that looking after the everyday comfort and care of patients, as well as their medical needs, is important to their recovery.”

The assessments, managed by the National Patient Safety Agency, began in 2000 to cover non-clinical aspects of patient care across all inpatient sites in England with more than ten beds.