STAFF at a Poole hospital have been honoured for treating patients with ‘dignity and peace’ during the final stages of life.
Three wards at Alderney Hospital have been reaccredited by the national Gold Standards Framework (GSF), earning the Quality Hallmark Award for their outstanding end-of-life care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Guernsey Ward, which cares for people with physical health issues, was honoured, while Herm and St Brelades became the first local mental health wards to receive accreditation since 2018.
St Brelades also scooped the Ward of the Year award.
Alderney Hospital was one of 75 hospitals, care homes, hospices, primary care practices, retirement villages and domiciliary care agencies from around the UK to receive the prestigious quality hallmark at the GSF Conference and Awards in London.
David Porter, acute mental health inpatient services manager at Dorset HealthCare, said: “This accreditation is fantastic news. It acknowledges our teams’ dedication to giving patients and their families the best possible care and experience, with people living out their final days in dignity and peace, supported by state-of-the-art facilities.
“An additional congratulations goes to St Brelades for winning Ward of the Year – an astonishing achievement which highlights the team’s hard work and commitment.
“The accreditation and award demonstrate what excellent teams we have at the hospital, and the fantastic care and facilities we provide for our palliative, end-of-life patients and their families. The ward teams are a credit to the hospital, and I am extremely proud of them all.”
For more about Alderney Hospital, visit www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk.