Staff at Nuffield Health in Chichester are celebrating after it became the first private hospital group to gain a top award for safety.
It is the first private hospital group to achieve the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) level three – the highest level – for risk management after volunteering to be assessed
The aim of the scheme is to reduce the number of negligent and preventable accidents taking place in hospitals and covers a range of criteria including workforce, safe environment and clinical care.
Hospital chief executive Patricia Lee said: “This award reflects the emphasis that Nuffield Hospitals place on offering high quality clinical care.
“We continually strive to reduce risk and improve patient safety, and the NHSLA accreditation of our UK hospitals shows that we are among the best. Our patients can be reassured that they are being treated in some of the safest and cleanest hospitals in the country.” There are just 30 NHS trusts in the country who have gained the award.