Five star dining for patients at Calderdale Royal Hospital

Top marks: catering staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Below: Kirstie Hilton cooks up some tasty food
Top marks: catering staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Below: Kirstie Hilton cooks up some tasty food

PATIENTS at Calderdale Royal Hospital are served up some top nosh according to the latest survey.

Food at the hospital, and at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, has been rated as excellent in a self-assessed inspection by the trust’s Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT).

The team is made up of patient representatives and staff from the trust and is part of the National Patient Safety Agency.

The inspections also rated Calderdale’s hospital as excellent for patients’ privacy and dignity – which includes the quality of sleeping accommodation and toilet and bathroom facilities.

Huddersfield hospital was rated as good in that category.

Both hospitals were rated as good for the the environment category – which included cleanliness, decoration, car parking, bedside entertainment systems and furniture.

Jackie Murphy, associate director of nursing at the trust, said: “Hospital food and cleanliness are at the heart of patient confidence in healthcare.

“These inspections are important in making sure we continue to provide patients with the best possible care in Huddersfield and Calderdale.”

Dave Scott, head of catering at Calderdale Royal Hospital, said: “The result is a tribute to all the catering team, and recognition of their efforts in ensuring we meet all patients’ meal requirements.”

The NHS Information Centre released the scores this week, which revealed just under one hospital trust in six rated their patient environment as excellent.

About 15 per cent of those trusts which took part scored excellent in all three sections – higher than 2010’s 12 per cent.

PEAT assessments aim to provide a snapshot of standards across a range of non-clinical activity which affect hospital patients.

Although it is based on self-assessment, independent check-ups of results take place in at least 15 per cent of hospitals each year.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “While clinical care is of course paramount for the patient while they are in hospital, their experience from admission to discharge will also be informed by other elements of hospital life – from the condition of the furnishings to the quality of the food.

“Hospitals are clearly committed to assessing these elements through the PEAT programme, and this year’s report shows a rise in assessed standards across the board.”