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Online way to compare levels of hospital care

SILHILLIANS now have the chance to rate and compare local hospitals, as part of a new online service.

SILHILLIANS now have the chance to rate and compare local hospitals, as part of a new online service.

A guide to hospitals across the UK is now available on the NHS website and will allow patients to view and appraise their local hospital’s performance.

Statistics for the Heart of the England NHS Foundation Trust - which looks after Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospital - show:

* Overall quality of service was ranked as good

* 91 per cent of patients were treated within 18 weeks

* There were 1.65 MRSA infections for every 10,000 bed days

South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust performed slightly better. It received an overall rating of excellent and the MRSA infection rate stood at 1.03 per 10,000 bed days.

The percentage of patients treated within 18 weeks was the same.

The guide also gives a breakdown of the treatment available at each site and patients can leave feedback about their experience.

At present there are only 15 comments posted for Solihull, although the views themselves vary a great deal.

Several messages praise the attitude of staff and standard of treatment, while others criticise issues such as hospital parking and waiting times.

Andy Burnham, health secretary, said: “The new scorecard helps patients make the right choice of hospital for them by bringing together all the information in one place for the first time.

“The service also offers an unparalleled opportunity for hospitals to be made aware of any issues and act to improve their services, helping to drive up standards across the board, and become more patient focused.”

To see the full scorecard for Solihull and other local hospitals go to www.nhs.uk.

 

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