Friends and family recommendations

In December 2017, 98% of inpatients said they were extremely likely/likely to recommend QVH to their friends and family.

Some of the patient feedback we received last month included:

Ross Tilley ward: “The professionalism, dedication and friendliness of the ward staff is second to none, a credit to the hospital and the wider NHS. This extends to the operating theatre staff and trauma unit. Christmas in hospital was not the plan for 2017, however my unexpected stay on the Ross Tilley Ward. Excellent all expectations. Thank you. p.s. Xmas presents – thank you..”

Peanut ward: “All the staff interacted with my child, child friendly language used e.g. a fighter pilot’s mask for the anaesthetic mask etc. Everything explained well. Great facilities e.g. playroom to keep little ones occupied; it didn’t feel like being in hospital at all and made everything less stressful.”

Margaret Duncombe ward: “All staff on Margaret Duncombe ward have been wonderful. They made me feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble and always had a smile on their faces. The care here at QVH is second to none. It is a wonderful hospital.

Burns: “The staff are amazing. They have looked after me so well. Love them all dearly. I am so grateful and emotional to be leaving.”

You can read more of what patients say about us on our NHS Choices page.

About the friends and family test

All NHS hospitals publish their ‘friends and family test’ scores each month. It is a simple measure to help the NHS understand how well it is caring for patients and to enable patients to compare the performance of different hospitals and wards.

How are the scores used?

The scores are also collected and published nationally on the NHS Choices website to help patients compare hospitals.

At QVH we like to know what our patients and visitors think of their experience so that we can continue improving. There are a variety of ways we get feedback from patients. See how to feed back for more details.

Because the scores are collected and published monthly they provide up-to-date information on the performance of each ward. We also use patient feedback and data from a wide variety of other sources, including national and local surveys, to help us monitor and improve patient care. These include the national inpatient surveynational outpatient survey and national cancer patient survey.

We publish an annual patient experience report which reviews the feedback we have received and sets out progress with our rolling plan of action to improve patient experience.

Actions taken as a result of feedback we have received include:

  • Increasing the size of disabled parking bays
  • Installing new parking meters which allow an hourly charge, rather than the previous three-hour minimum
  • Introduction of media screens in outpatient departments to provide better information about waiting times in the clinics
  • Installing new self-check in kiosks in outpatients. These make checking-in quicker and more convenient for patients, enhancing confidentiality and free up receptionists to assist patients and respond to queries.