Updated: Saturday, 25th November 2017 @ 8:08am

'Outstanding': Salford Royal NHS trust praised as 'one of UK's safest and most caring'

'Outstanding': Salford Royal NHS trust praised as 'one of UK's safest and most caring'

| By Steph Brawn

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

The health watchdog praised the hospital for its emergency services, end-of-life care, well-staffed wards and flexible workers who always ensured shortages were covered.

The CQC's chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards said that he was impressed by how people spoke so positively about patient care and safety.

He said: "Just about all of the people we met on this inspection spoke positively about ensuring that patients received safe, clean and personal care every time.

"We found the services were tailored to meet the needs of individual people both in Salford Royal Hospital and across the community, with services providing continuity and integrated care from the hospital into the community.

"The challenge now is further improvement.”

The phenomenal praise follows a visit in January when inspectors spent four days with the trust to see whether services were effective and well-led.

They found care and responsiveness to be ‘outstanding’ and safety and effectiveness to be ‘good’.

Sir David Dalton, the trust’s chief executive, felt that the rating was ‘thoroughly well deserved’ by all the staff.

He said: "We hope our patients and visitors also share in our pride that Salford Royal is once again being highlighted as one of the country's safest and most caring trusts."

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