A DORCHESTER hospital has been given the thumbs up by the people that really matter – its patients.

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital achieved an overall satisfaction score of 96.9 per cent in its annual patient survey.

The independent survey canvassed the views of nearly 700 patients, with almost all rating the overall quality of care as either excellent or very good.

Overall impression of nursing care received a rating of 94.6 per cent whilst the impression of consultant surgeons or physicians scored 99.6 per cent.

Executive director Theresa Starling said: “We are delighted that our patients have rated us so highly.

“The team here at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital are very dedicated to providing our patients with high standards of care, and the survey shows our patients are particularly appreciative of their efforts. We are all very proud of our hospital.

“Everyone here goes above and beyond to ensure our patients are our priority, working hard to make each patient’s time with us as comfortable as possible.”

She added: “This result is something to be really proud of and our aim will be to continue to ensure we provide the very best in patient care.”