The results of the recent PLACE (Placement Led Assessments of the Care Environment) Audit at Spire Leeds Hospital are in and the hospital has passed with flying colours.
‘Good environment matters! Every patient should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean and safe environment’. That’s the reason for the new PLACE Audit, introduced earlier this year to replace the old Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) inspectors. Its aim is to assess the quality of the patient environment in hospitals across the UK from both the NHS and independent sector.
Spire Leeds Hospital welcomes this new annual assessment, which gives patients, and their representatives, the opportunity to drive developments in the health services they receive locally. It puts patient views at the centre of the assessment process and uses information gleaned directly from patient assessors to report how well a hospital is performing in the areas assessed. It also helps pinpoint where environment or services could be enhanced to improve patient experience.
The assessment team, which included patients and assessors, covered four categories – Cleanliness, Food, Patient Privacy and Dignity, and General Building Maintenance. It does not cover clinical care provision or staff practices. Results, showing how hospitals are performing nationally, are reported publicly on the NHS website. The results for Spire Leeds Hospital’s first PLACE assessment are as follows:
Privacy, Dignity & Wellbeing: 80.34%
Condition, Appearance & Maintenance: 90.40%
In their summary statement the patient/assessors commented: “Spire Leeds Hospital is a small modern friendly hospital with high standards of care – well maintained, with good food, pleasant staff and patients are treated with dignity.”