A SUNDERLAND hospice has been given the thumbs-up by patients.
St Benedict’s Hospice and Centre for Specialist Palliative Care in Ryhope was praised in a recent survey.
The yearly Patient-led Assessment of the Care Environment (Place), held between March and May this year, revealed patients’ privacy and dignity, cleanliness, food and general building maintenance were of a high standard.
The assessment was carried out by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.
Chief executive Lorraine Lambert said: “We always aim to ensure every single one of our patients is cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment, so these results are fantastic news.
“Recurring themes in the assessors’ comments were the friendliness of the atmosphere and the high quality of the environment, and our staff in all departments can justifiably feel very proud.”
The Ryhope hospice was one of 12 South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust services inspected this year, including wards, outpatients and emergency departments.
Patients gave it an A grade, saying they were very confident that it supported good care. The £12million hospice, which relocated from Monkwearmouth Hospital last year, includes in-patient beds, day care, a lymphoedema and outpatient service, an education centre and community nursing teams.