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Trust rated 'good' in annual health check


     - ‘Excellent’ score for new national targets -


18 October 2007




Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is providing a good service to patients according to the Healthcare Commission’s 2006/07 annual health check, the most comprehensive annual assessment of the NHS. The Trust was also rated ‘good’ on ‘use of resources’, and was judged to be providing good value for money by managing its finances efficiently.


Royal Brompton & Harefield met all core standards in this year’s assessment and was rated  ‘excellent’ in relation to new national targets such as year-on-year reductions in MRSA levels, participating fully in audits relating to cardiovascular disease, and monitoring data on patients’ ethnic groups to help reduce health inequalities. Existing national standards were almost all met.


Meeting all core standards reflects a good performance in areas such as patient safety, clinical and cost effectiveness, governance and patient focus. The Trust has identified the need to make improvements in cancer waiting times, cancelled operations and the appointment booking system.


Mr Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, said, “As a specialist trust we pride ourselves on providing the best possible care to patients. The results of this year’s annual health check reflect the strong commitment of our dedicated staff at both sites to continually improve the services we offer. I am particularly pleased to see their hard work recognised by an ‘excellent’ score in the new national targets and look forward to working with them towards an even better result next year.”


In an associated assessment,  patients gave Royal Brompton & Harefield the highest score possible in the patient experience category of the Healthcare Commission’s ongoing series of patient surveys. Positive patient experiences included feeling involved in decision making, having adequate information and having access to high quality, co-ordinated care.




For further information please contact:


Joanna Parish
Head of media relations
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
Direct dial: 020 7351 8672
Mobile: 07866 536 345

Email: j.parish@rbht.nhs.uk  


Notes to editors


The Healthcare Commission is the independent watchdog that oversees both NHS and private healthcare providers. Each year it assesses how well healthcare providers in England and Wales are meeting standards of care as set by the government. For more information on the Healthcare Commission and the annual health check 2006/2007, visit www.healthcarecommission.org.uk (updated 18 July 2012: the website no longer exists)

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