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PEAT 2010 shows improved performance

The latest set of Patient Environment Action Teams (PEAT) assessment statistics, which were published recently by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), indicate that a greater number of hospitals are treating their patients in cleaner, better maintained environments.


The programme, which checks levels of cleanliness, some aspects of infection control, the quality of the environment, and the standard of food offered to patients, is applied to all hospitals and inpatient units with 10 or more beds, rating their provision as being either excellent, good, acceptable, poor or unacceptable.

The figures show 87% (1,084) of NHS hospitals across England have been rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ for their environment. In addition, 96% (1,143) of NHS hospitals  achieved an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating for the quality, choice and availability of food for patients.

[quote bottom= said health minister Simon Burns]Patients rightly expect to be treated in clean surroundings, with good food and with respect for their privacy.

It is reassuring to see that hospitals are building on the improvements it has already made in these key areas of patient experience.

We have already started to publish other detailed data on hospitals so that patients can make more informed choices about their healthcare. This will truly put patients back at the heart of everything we do.[/quote]

[quote top=The NPSA’s director of patient safety, Dr Suzette Woodward, added]These impressive results, with more trusts having improved their position since last year’s inspection, demonstrate the ongoing commitment that the NHS has to improving the environment in which patients receive their healthcare.[/quote]

For more information about this year’s PEAT scores, go to