This is from ‘Get Surrey’ – basically Epsom Hospital is rated higher than next door Ashford and St. Peters. However, Epsom has a £13 million pound deficit, while Ashford and St. Peter’s has a small surplus. Ashford spent the last year trying to take over Epsom; it fell through over the deficit.
Ashford/St.Peter’s must be very efficient.
In fact, Epsom now turns out to be better in most ways except finances – you get what you pay for, but you don’t necessarily get what you deserve.
Under-threat hospitals 'best in area', report says
By Amy De-Keyzer
March 15, 2013
A REPORT has hailed Epsom Hospital for providing some of the highest quality of care in the area despite several departments facing an uncertain future.
Independent health consultancy MHP Health Mandate's report assessed NHS trusts across the country and showed Epsom and St Helier, its sister hospital in Carshalton, were providing the highest quality of care in south-west London and north Surrey.
It comes as the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review panel considers shutting down the A&E and maternity departments at both hospitals as part of a review of healthcare provision in the area.
The review team has already recommended that two out of five hospitals - Epsom, St Helier, St George's in Tooting, Kingston and Croydon - should be downgraded.
The MHP report is based on 10 standards - the number of formal complaints, whether patients felt they experienced good care, risk of getting an infection, chance of an operation being cancelled at short notice, the number of patients who said they got better after treatment, whether a patient had to share a sleeping area or bathroom with someone of the opposite sex, operation waiting times, risk of being harmed during treatment, being involved with decisions about care, and the number of staff at the hospital who would recommend it to their friends and family.
Data from 2011-12 was used including staff and patient surveys by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission, information from the Office for National Statistics and records from the Department of Health.
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust measured in the top quarter nationally for operation waiting times and for protecting patients against the risk of harm.
But overall scores placed the trust in 91st place out of a total of 146 hospitals - the highest position for any hospital in south-west London and north Surrey.
Chief executive Matthew Hopkins said: "These findings contain some fantastic results for our hospitals, but we recognise that at 91st in the country, there are many aspects of our service we need to improve.
"But what the report does do is highlight our performance in both national and local terms.
"We recognise that there is work to do on a national scale but we are very pleased that we are also recognised as providing the best patient care of any trust in south-west London and north Surrey.
"And of course, we are delighted that local people can now compare the strengths and weaknesses of their local hospital more easily than before."
In comparison, Ashford and St Peter's hospitals came in 115th place, Croydon was at 140, Kingston Hospital was 97th, St George's came 141st and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (incorporating East Surrey Hospital in Redhill) was 124th.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford came in 86th position while Frimley Park Hospital was the fifth best in the country.
The scores showed Epsom and St Helier were performing better than the three other hospitals being considered for downgrading as part of the BSBV review. The programme aims to shake-up healthcare provision, in a bid to improve clinical quality and the care and health of patients, as part of national NHS reforms.
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