A DORCHESTER hospital has been given a ringing endorsement by patients that uses its services.

An independent survey has indicated that 99.8 per cent of patients who received care at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital would rate their overall quality of care as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

Furthermore, 99.1 per cent agreed that their consultant provided ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ care, 96.1 per cent said that the quality of overall nursing care was ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ and 94.1 per cent would rate the standard of their accommodation as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

The findings were from the independent survey operator Quality Health, which assessed responses from 527 patients of BMI The Winterbourne Hospital who responded to a survey between January 1 and December 31 last year.

Quality Health also provides the same survey analysis and questions across the NHS.

Hospital executive director Theresa Starling said: "Feedback from our patients is extremely important to us, as it highlights those areas where we do well and shows us where we need to focus.

"We strive to deliver excellent patient care to all our patients – those who come to us through the NHS, through their private medical insurance or who choose to pay for themselves.

"Here at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital we are always striving to improve our services, working with our local NHS colleagues to help tackle local waiting lists."

The independent survey also showed high percentage scores across all assessed criteria, with ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ for physiotherapy at 96.1 per cent, pharmacy at 95.7 per cent, catering scoring 90.2 per cent, theatre staff rated at 99.4 per cent and consultant anaesthetists at 98.1 per cent.

In addition, 95.9 per cent said that their overall impression of the arrival process was ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ and 89.4 per cent said that the discharge process was ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.