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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust named as one of the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals 2011

For the fourth consecutive year, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals.

The Trust was among the UK's top hospitals which gathered at a ceremony in London for the eleventh anniversary of the prestigious CHKS Top Hospital awards where they received accolades for excellence in patient safety, quality of care and data quality.

The CHKS 40Top Hospitals 2011, which celebrate excellence amongst CHKS clients across the UK, are based on the evaluation of 21 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Laura Robson, Executive Director of Nursing and Service Transformation at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are delighted that the Trust has once again been recognised in the Top 40 Hospital Awards. This is a real achievement and recognises the ongoing commitment of the organisation to deliver the highest standard of care and treatment to our patients and to consistently improve the overall patient experience at each of our hospital sites."

James Coles, director of research, CHKS, said: "Hospitals are accountable to their patients, their families and their local communities to provide a safe environment and high standards of patient care. Our award winners this year share a commitment to driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence throughout their organisations.

Published: 17 May 2011

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital