Hospital honoured by award

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Staff at BMI Lancaster Hospital are celebrating after scooping the top award at a national ceremony.

The hospital was awarded Star Hospital status at BMI Healthcare’s annual Night of the Stars Awards beating off competition from 69 other hospitals in the private healthcare group.

The win marks the end of a year which saw the hospital’s workers triumph and pull together in the face of tragedy.

In December 2011, the hospital was saddened by the sudden death of their theatre manager. Despite this tragic setback, the BMI Lancaster Hospital has grown from strength to strength in the past year.

The hospital scored 100% in the annual Care Quality Commission inspection. The inspection looks at whether patients are treated with dignity and respect, food and drink is appropriate to people’s needs, the hospital environment is clean and safe and staff are well managed.

The hospital has also supported the local community. Staff attended two agricultural fairs, including the Cumberland show. They offered fair-goers free blood pressure checks, physiotherapy assessments and diet reviews.

BMI Lancaster Hospital has also offered work experience to pupils from five local schools and the hospital actively supports the local community in recruiting staff from the area.

Vanessa Lacey, director of nursing for BMI Lancaster Hospital, said: “It is great to be crowned Star Hospital.

“BMI Healthcare is the largest private healthcare group in the country, so to be the best of the best is a great achievement.

“The warmth and friendliness of Lancaster is exemplary. Every member of staff and all consultants are treated as members of a family.”