St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals named best in England

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust named BEST Acute Trust in England for the second year running.

​The Trust has been ranked as the best acute NHS Trust in England in the latest national assessments for the second year running.

The Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme awarded first place to the Trust after inspections were carried out at Whiston and St Helens hospitals, and for the first time the Trust’s new Intermediate Care Unit at Newton Hospital.

Scoring an average of 99% across the board, the Trust achieved top marks in the country for cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, condition of the buildings and facilities for patients living with dementia and patients with disabilities.

The Trust was the only acute trust in the entire country to score 100% for facilities for patients living with a disability and for the condition of the hospitals buildings.

The PLACE assessments inspect and score all acute and specialist organisations throughout England. The assessments are carried out by patients, patient representatives and members of the public.

Ann Marr, Chief Executive said: “It is wonderful news that the Trust has been named the best acute trust in the country for the second year running and has achieved the highest scores for an acute Trust in every area in the latest environment assessments. The Trust’s staff work extremely hard to maintain the highest standards and these results highlight our commitment to providing high quality care for our patients in excellent facilities.”



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