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West Suffolk Hospital given top ranking after inspection

The Trust which runs the West Suffolk Hospital has been praised by CQC Credit: ITV News Anglia

The West Suffolk Hospital has been ranked as one of the best in the UK by the Health watchdog the CQC.

The Care Quality Commission gave the trust which runs the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds an outstanding rating.

It's the only trust in the east and one of seven general hospitals in England to be given the top accolade and the only one in the eastern region.

Inspectors said the hospital had compassionate staff and praised its end of life care and leadership.

"On all the wards we visited, staff displayed a culture of compassion and positivity, and had a genuine desire to want to provide the best possible care to patients."

– CQC

The Care Quality Commission visited the Trust in November last year, inspecting its end-of-life and outpatient services and reviewing how well-led the organisation was.

Inspectors gave the trust the outstanding rating for being caring, effective and well-led and good for being safe and responsive.

"This is a testament to everyone's hard work and unwavering commitment. I am privileged to see the incredible care our staff provide 24/7, 365 days a year, and I'm delighted that their efforts have been recognised by the CQC."

– Trust Chief Executive Stephen Dunn

The Trust was last inspected in March 2016 and was then rated as 'good' overall. The latest inspection noted that there had been a focus on improving care 'across the organisation'