Southern Trust recognised amongst the top in the UK

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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has been recognised as one of the top 40 acute hospital Trusts in the UK at the prestigious CHKS awards in London recently. Recognising and rewarding 40 of the best performing acute Trusts across the UK, the CHKS 40 Top Awards are based on the evaluation of 23 indicators of clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Reacting to news of the award, Dr Gillian Rankin, Southern Trust Director of Acute Services said, “Staff working in our hospitals perform to a very high standard every day and it’s fantastic to have this fact confirmed by this UK award. We will continue to focus on delivering safe high quality care for our patients.”

Daisy Hill Hospital, Craigavon and South Tyrone Hospitals work together as the Southern Trust’s acute hospital network, serving both our local population of around 360,000 and also to increasing numbers of people from outside the Southern area. Each year in the hospital network there are approximately 63,000 inpatient admissions; 25,000 day cases; 300,000 outpatient appointments; 116,000 Emergency Department attendances; and over 6,000 births.

Congratulating staff on receiving the award, Southern Trust Chief Executive, Mairead McAlinden said, “The CHKS awards programme provides reassurance to patients, carers and staff that their hospital is amongst the highest performing in the UK in terms of both clinical excellence and efficiency. I am delighted that our staff have received this recognition for their dedication to delivering safe and effective patient care.”

Mairead added: “Health and social care is a challenging environment to work in. We are continually looking for ways to improve and develop services to cope with increasing demand, all within the current financial constraints. But despite these challenges, our staff, as this award demonstrates, continue to provide excellent care for thousands of patients each year. Every member of staff working in our hospitals – from clinical, management and support services – has played an important role in achieving the award and every one should take pride in this honour. I am also delighted that another Northern Ireland Trust, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, is joining us in the Top 40 Acute Hospital Trusts in the UK – congratulations to them as well.”


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