Hospital shortlisted for top title

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West Suffolk Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of the high quality of care it provides for its patients for the third year running.

The hospital in Bury St Edmunds is one of five finalists in the quality of care category in the Top Hospital Awards 2013. It has won the award for the last two years.

The shortlisting comes after West Suffolk recorded good performance against a number of key criteria, including the length of time patients stay in the hospital, waiting times and rate of emergency readmissions. Morality rates and whether a patient’s care pathway went the way it was originally planned were also included in the assessment.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said to be in the running for the award again was “fantastic”.

“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and shows our patients are receiving high quality, safe and effective care,” he said.

“This achievement highlights good performance in a wide variety of key areas, including length of stay and the amount of time which patients wait from referral to treatment.”

Mr Graves added that the hospital was still striving to improve further.

“We will not become complacent and will build on this strong foundation over the coming months to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible care to everyone using the hospital.”

The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 30.