The London hospital at risk of having heart surgery axed by NHS England was today among only two in the capital to get top marks from child patients.
The Royal Brompton, in Chelsea, was rated as “much better than expected” by children aged eight to 15 in a national survey of more than 11,000 paediatric patients and their parents.
The vast majority of respondents gave the Brompton a 10/10 rating. Moorfields eye hospital was also rated much better than expected by eight to 15-year-olds.
NHS chiefs are due to decide on Thursday on whether to remove child and adult congenital heart surgery from the Brompton as part of a nationwide shake-up of care.
Great Ormond Street hospital were rated “better than expected” by parents of babies and children aged to seven. Homerton, in Hackney, and the Royal Marsden cancer hospital were rated better than expected by the older age group.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge, which runs Queen’s hospital in Romford, Croydon hospital, and North Middlesex hospital were all said to be worse than expected – with North Middlesex, in Edmonton, worse for both young and older children.
Today’s survey, by the Care Quality Commission, found 91 per cent of older children had been looked after “very well” or “quite well” in hospital. A total of 81 per cent of parents rated their child’s experience as 8/10 or above.
Professor Ted Baker, CQC chief inspector of hospitals, said: “Overall, the NHS should be pleased with the results. This is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of hospital staff.”