HOSPITALS on Wearside are among the best in the country, according to a new report.
City Hospitals Sunderland, which runs the Royal Hospital and Eye Infirmary, has been given a CHKS 40 Top Hospitals Award.
The trust was assessed on 23 factors, including safety, clinical effectiveness, patient experience, quality of care and efficiency.
Hospital bosses today welcomed the news that City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was placed among the top 40 nationally.
A spokesman said: “We are delighted to receive yet another national award for the quality of our service. “We have won many similar awards in recent years, both nationally and locally, and the work of our staff, their dedication, flexibility and professionalism, have all contributed to the building of our reputation, which attracts staff from all over the NHS.
“There is always more to do in improving services and ensuring that the people of Sunderland, and our patients throughout the North East, continue to receive the best possible care.”
CHKS is an independent provider of “healthcare intelligence” and services to improve quality.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in London and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust was also in the top 40.
Sunderland Royal Hospital has undergone various recent improvements.
Last month saw royalty at the Royal, as the HRH Duke of Kent officially opened the hospital’s new Jubilee Wing, as reported in the Echo.
The development includes three 40-bed wards and an Integrated Critical Care Unit, which is one of the most advanced in the country.
Plans were also recently unveiled to improve problems with parking at the hospital, after chiefs announced a £6million multi-storey car park will be built there.
The 425-space building is earmarked for the existing Kayll Road parking site and could be in use by summer 2013.