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Cambridgeshire: Hospital Ratings
Cambridgeshire's NHS hospitals have generally scored well in the government's new patient surveys.
Patients across the country were asked whether or not they would recommend the hospital where they were cared for to family and friends.
The Friends and Family Test simply asks "How likely are you to recommend our ward/A&E department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?" on a scale ranging from: extremely unlikely to extremely likely.
The new government test is designed to shine the spotlight on poor care.
Hinchingbrooke Hospital is run privately by Circle Healthcare on behalf of the NHS.
The hospital received 398 responses relating to care in the Accident and Emergency department in total.
Of these responses, 320 patients said they were 'extremely likely' to recommend the hospital to family and friends.
66 others said they were 'likely to', while just one person said they were 'extremely unlikely to'.
The hospital has therefore been ranked the fifth best in the country for Accident and Emergency services.
Relating to inpatient care, 98% of the 462 patients surveyed at Hinchingbrooke said they would be either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend their treatment.
Doctor Tom Hughes, Emergency Department Director at Hinchingbrooke, said: "It’s great news that patients have ranked Hinchingbrooke as one of the best A&Es in the country.
Two years ago, our A&E was at serious risk of closure, and now we’re one of the highest performers in England.
Our doctors and nurses work around the clock to make sure patients get the best possible experience when they come to hospital and it’s excellent news this has been recognised."
The national survey found that 90% of inpatients would recommend Papworth Hospital, which is a specialist heart and lung transplant centre, to family and friends.
The figures are calculated out of 100 each month.
The Papworth figure for June is 90, while April and May returned similar high scores of 89 and 90 out of 100, respectively.
The Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received 341 responses to the patient survey relating to the Accident and Emergency Department at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
225 patients said they were 'extremely likely' to recommend the hospital.
92 were said to be 'likely' while five were said to be 'extremely unlikely'.
Relating to inpatient care, 98% of the 572 patients surveyed at Addenbrooke's Hospital said they would be either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend their treatment.
Peterborough City Hospital.
Only 35 responses were received by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust relating to the Accident and Emeregncy Department.
26 of these respondents said they were 'extremely likely' to recommend care, while four said they were 'likely' and three were 'extremely unlikely'.
The survey also indicates that the vast majority of the 451 responses received relating to inpatient care at the trust were positive.
92% of patients who filled out the survey were either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend the care they received to a family or friend.
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