Extract from BBC News, Health
Patients on 36 of 4,500 hospital wards in England would not recommend them to relatives, according to a new survey.
The latest results of the new “friends and family” test saw one English A&E department out of 144 get a “negative score” – Chase Farm Hospital in London.
The questionnaire, backed by the prime minister, asks patients if they would recommend the ward they were treated on to those close to them.
Critics say the scheme is too blunt an instrument to provide useful data.
To see the scores achieved by East Cheshire and others, please see the links below:
Download FFT A&E – June 2013 (XLS, 3789K)
Download FFT Inpatient – June 2013 (XLS, 6215K)
Friends and Family Test
Patients will now be able to have their say about the care and treatment they receive in hospital, following the launch of the Friends and Family Test.
Patients admitted to East Cheshire NHS Trust’s hospitals will be given the opportunity to answer a single, simple question to gauge how well their expectations are being met. The question is ‘how likely is it that you would recommend this service to a friend or family?’ using an ‘extremely likely’ to ‘not at all likely’ scale.
The question is quick and easy, is used in other industries, and will enable hospitals to compare themselves and learn from the best. Hospitals will be required to achieve a 15% response rate. Responses will be made publicly available, alongside other measures of clinical quality, and will be useful to patients in making choices about their care.
A pilot will start on 28 January 2013, and be run in Wards 1 and 2 and A&E. Patients can respond online or by completing a paper copy. Each ward will have its own coded copies and post boxes will be placed at locations throughout the hospital. It is very important that all patients are encouraged to complete the survey on leaving the department, or to complete and return it when they get home.
Please see the link to the online survey: www.iwantgreatcare.org/en/trusts/east-cheshire-nhs-trust
Read more about the Friends and Family Test