PARENTS and carers of children and young people have rated their overall experience of care at Salisbury District Hospital highly in the latest national children and young people’s survey.

The survey, carried out by the Care Quality Commission, looked at inpatient and day case care and treatment from admission to discharge for 0 to 15-year-olds and captured the views of parents, carers, children and young people. Salisbury District Hospital was better than most other Trusts in 34 of the 63 questions asked.

Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing, said: “It’s essential that children and young people, their parents and carers are well looked after by kind and caring staff and it was pleasing to see that children and young people felt that they had had a very good experience at Salisbury District Hospital.

“It’s also important that the needs of children and young people are met and that parents, carers, children and young people have enough information about their care and treatment. These were other areas which came out strongly in the report.”

She added: “We are not complacent and want to ensure we continue to improve and we are reviewing theatre lists to ensure that children and adults are better separated within the day surgery environment as this is an area that we feel needs to be improved following the survey. However, this is a good report which highlights the commitment of our staff and the way in which they look after children and young people in their care.”