Hospitals' meals rated top in Essex

Hospitals' meals rated top in Essex

Hospitals' meals rated top in Essex

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COLCHESTER’S hospitals have been praised for their tasty meals, cleanliness and keeping patients hydrated.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust scored higher than the national average in a survey published yesterday.

It was the top-performing trust in Essex.

Dee Hackett, the trust’s director of nursing and patient experience, said: “What is most pleasing is the assessment involves lay assessors, bringing an independent view to how we are doing.

“The performance is a tribute to the hard work of many of our staff, particularly our cleaning, catering and maintenance teams.

“Our results show us to be the best performing hospital trust in Essex and Suffolk.

“They are also an improvement on last year, but we will continue to strive to improve where the process has identified gaps.”

The trust runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, Colchester.

The Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment rated the cleanliness of equipment, baths, toilets, showers, furniture, floors and other fixtures and fittings.

Food and hydration covered choice, 24-hour availability and access to menus, and the taste and temperature of food.

Privacy, dignity and well being looked at changing and waiting facilities, access to television, radio, computers and telephones, and separation of sleeping and bathroom/toilet facilities for single sex use.

Condition, appearance and maintenance included decor, tidiness, signs, lighting, linen and the external appearance of buildings and the tidiness and maintenance of the grounds.

A total of 287 NHS trusts and independent healthcare providers were rated.

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1:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Lilylilo says...

Well I hope that the smell in the Gainsborough Wing has improved because when my Mother was in there 5 years ago the smell was always totally disgusting. The staff and food was marvellous but the smell was vile every day and the toilets always needed cleaning.
Well I hope that the smell in the Gainsborough Wing has improved because when my Mother was in there 5 years ago the smell was always totally disgusting. The staff and food was marvellous but the smell was vile every day and the toilets always needed cleaning. Lilylilo
  • Score: -7

1:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

suzyn says...

Having seen the hospitals idea of balanced & nutritional vegetarian meal, just 3 months ago during a fortnight stay.

I say this survey was rigged..
They must have voted for themselves!
Having seen the hospitals idea of balanced & nutritional vegetarian meal, just 3 months ago during a fortnight stay. I say this survey was rigged.. They must have voted for themselves! suzyn
  • Score: -2

2:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Jue_uk says...

My Dad recently had a two night stay and his food looked lovely and was presented nice by a very friendly lady so thumbs up from me :-)
My Dad recently had a two night stay and his food looked lovely and was presented nice by a very friendly lady so thumbs up from me :-) Jue_uk
  • Score: 10

2:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jammin says...

So the foods ok but the healthcare sucks. I guess you cant have everything!
So the foods ok but the healthcare sucks. I guess you cant have everything! jammin
  • Score: -9

2:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Lilylilo says...

Yes I have to say the food was excellent and every patient had a personal diet sheet. Very nice snacks provided too. All nurses extremely polite and kind to my Mum always lowering voices when mentioning anything 'personal' .BUT i saw many staff going in and out of the ward totally ignoring the hygiene sprays, i particularly noticed that porters never seemed to spray their hands, after a recent TV programme about the bacteria on supermarket trollies i hope this has now been addressed by the hospital
Yes I have to say the food was excellent and every patient had a personal diet sheet. Very nice snacks provided too. All nurses extremely polite and kind to my Mum always lowering voices when mentioning anything 'personal' .BUT i saw many staff going in and out of the ward totally ignoring the hygiene sprays, i particularly noticed that porters never seemed to spray their hands, after a recent TV programme about the bacteria on supermarket trollies i hope this has now been addressed by the hospital Lilylilo
  • Score: -7

2:48pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Lilylilo says...

jammin wrote:
So the foods ok but the healthcare sucks. I guess you cant have everything!
But we should be able to have everything , good nutritious food, spotless cleanliness, excellent medical care in our hispitals- this is the 21st Century!
[quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: So the foods ok but the healthcare sucks. I guess you cant have everything![/p][/quote]But we should be able to have everything , good nutritious food, spotless cleanliness, excellent medical care in our hispitals- this is the 21st Century! Lilylilo
  • Score: -2

7:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

AVeryPrivateGentleman says...

suzyn wrote:
Having seen the hospitals idea of balanced & nutritional vegetarian meal, just 3 months ago during a fortnight stay.

I say this survey was rigged..
They must have voted for themselves!
They treat us like SH*T
And then they expect us to eat it and like it.
And they are full of it.
I think all this showboating and self promotion needs to stop
Daily Gazette ?
[quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Having seen the hospitals idea of balanced & nutritional vegetarian meal, just 3 months ago during a fortnight stay. I say this survey was rigged.. They must have voted for themselves![/p][/quote]They treat us like SH*T And then they expect us to eat it and like it. And they are full of it. I think all this showboating and self promotion needs to stop Daily Gazette ? AVeryPrivateGentleman
  • Score: -2

7:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

es..jq says...

Why doesn't everybody give CGH a break. You have no idea how hard everyone works!! If it wasn't for the facilities catering and housekeepers, there wouldnt be a hospital at all! In some countries they dont even supply food. Let alone a clean environment! !
Why doesn't everybody give CGH a break. You have no idea how hard everyone works!! If it wasn't for the facilities catering and housekeepers, there wouldnt be a hospital at all! In some countries they dont even supply food. Let alone a clean environment! ! es..jq
  • Score: -2

5:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Lilylilo says...

es..jq wrote:
Why doesn't everybody give CGH a break. You have no idea how hard everyone works!! If it wasn't for the facilities catering and housekeepers, there wouldnt be a hospital at all! In some countries they dont even supply food. Let alone a clean environment! !
We pay for our hospitals through our National Insurance Contributions therefore we are entitled to make complaints when and where we think necessary, for example where we see money wasted or squandered or spent on too many jobsworths walking around the hospital with pieces of paper in their hands and stopping to chat to colleagues.
[quote][p][bold]es..jq[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't everybody give CGH a break. You have no idea how hard everyone works!! If it wasn't for the facilities catering and housekeepers, there wouldnt be a hospital at all! In some countries they dont even supply food. Let alone a clean environment! ![/p][/quote]We pay for our hospitals through our National Insurance Contributions therefore we are entitled to make complaints when and where we think necessary, for example where we see money wasted or squandered or spent on too many jobsworths walking around the hospital with pieces of paper in their hands and stopping to chat to colleagues. Lilylilo
  • Score: 0

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