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The NHS trust behind Leighton Hospital has been named as one of the top 40 in the country.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been announced as a CHKS Top Hospital for 2019.

The award is based on an analysis of data from all hospital trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Winners are decided by an analysis of more than 20 performance indicators carried out by healthcare improvement specialists CHKS.

These cover areas such as safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

The Top Hospitals award, given to the 40 best performing organisations, is one of several awards that make up the CHKS Top Hospitals programme.

There are also national awards for patient safety, quality of care and data quality.

A representative from CHKS visited Mid Cheshire Hospitals, which also manages Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, to present the Trust with its award.

It will now go on display near to the main entrance of Leighton Hospital along with the Trust’s previous top hospital awards.

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “This award is testament to the care, compassion and dedication of our staff.

“I’d therefore like to thank everyone at Mid Cheshire Hospitals for their contribution.

“The Top Hospitals award is well-respected because it’s based on objective data – it recognises trusts that are safer for patients and are more effective and efficient.

“I’m therefore delighted that our patients are able to benefit from some of the best services in the country.”

Moyra Amess, Director of Benchmarking, Assurance & Accreditation at Capita Healthcare Decisions, added: “The Top Hospital award recognises outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care.

“We are delighted Mid Cheshire Hospitals is one of our Top Hospitals 2019.”

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