PATIENTS have rated the trust which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital very highly for the quality of its food and cleanliness.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, scored a 99.09 per cent for cleanliness in its annual Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) inspection.

Assessors also awarded the trust 92.48 per cent for the quality of its food, meaning that the trust finished above the national average and improved on last year in terms of both cleanliness and food.

Speaking about Andover hospital, one patient assessor said: “Lovely new floors, very good overall. The kindness of the staff is outstanding.”

One assessor, speaking about Basingstoke hospital, said: “The site is very clean, food is very good and the hospital catered well for those with physical disabilities.”

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of the trust, said: “We pride ourselves on constantly striving to provide the best possible standard of care for our patients, which is why we really value this feedback from members of the public.

“It’s great to know that the hard work and dedication of our staff was appreciated by the assessors, who awarded us very high scores for cleanliness and food quality, keeping us above the national average.

“Whilst we are happy with the results of this inspection, we are determined to continue to make further improvements for the benefits of our patients. I would like to thank all those who carried out the assessments which will help us to get even better. ”

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