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NHS wards getting cleaner

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There has been a marked improvement in the standard of NHS inpatient ward environments in England, according to latest Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessment scores.

The results of this year’s PEAT assessments, which involved 1,265 inpatient sites with more than 10 beds, were published last week by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Overall 84% of sites scored either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ for their environment – cleanliness, decoration, linen, furniture and state of repair – compared with 75% in 2008.

However, there was little change in scores for standards for food, and privacy and dignity. Overall 94% of sites achieved an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating this year for privacy and dignity, and 95% for food – both virtually unchanged from last year.

Health Minister, Ann Keen said: ‘This year’s PEAT results are great news for NHS staff and patients. Cleanliness is a top patient priority and these results show that the measures we have in place are working. These excellent results are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the NHS staff whose commitment to deliver high quality care for all continues to bring the best results for patients.

‘We are also delighted to see such high scores in the area of privacy and dignity. We expect to see further improvements in next year’s results following the intensive drive we launched back in January to deliver same-sex accommodation across the NHS.’

Additionally, 219 sites scored excellent on all three categories but 17 were also rated ‘poor’ or ‘unacceptable’ on at least one category.

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