Friends and family recommendations

In December 2019, 98% of inpatients said they were extremely likely or likely to recommend QVH to their friends and family.

Some of the patient feedback we received during the month included:

Burns: “The care and professionalism has been superb. Feels like family. Nothing too much trouble on the ward/clinic. Thank you so much. I healed more quickly due to the level of care.”

Margaret Duncombe ward: “The experience has been brilliant everyone that I have come into contact with has been so lovely and thoughtful. The care I have received has been second to none, and I am very grateful. Thank you to everyone.”

Ross Tilley ward: “All the staff are exceptionally kind, caring, efficient and effective. I have wanted for nothing. Seen a doctor every morning who has been prepared to talk to me rather than at me! This is a very special place.”

Peanut ward: “Staff were helpful, kind and informative. They were patient and caring with patient and made sure we knew what to expect at each stage.”

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.