POSITIVE results were seen in the latest figures at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The figures painted a positive picture despite the backdrop of ongoing pressure across the healthcare system.

This strong performance was attributed to the ongoing efforts and commitment of staff at the trust, which runs hospitals and community services in Northumberland and North Tyneside, as its board met on March 30.

The meeting heard that a review of the patient perspective surveys from 2022 had revealed 96 per cent of inpatients and 99 per cent of outpatients would rate their experience as good, very good or excellent, alongside good performance across the year for A&E experience.

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Members discussed the National NHS Staff Survey, whose results were published in March. Based on the highest response rate in the country, Northumbria is ranked the second trust of its type nationally for its overall score.

It had the highest scores in its category for four of nine main themes.

Overall satisfaction among people in Northumberland and North Tyneside was found in the trust’s latest public perception research to have increased by 7 per cent from the previous year to 79 per cent.

Sir James Mackey, Northumbria Healthcare’s chief executive, said: “It is reassuring that our performance continues to be strong compared to the rest of the NHS nationally and that this is reflected in our patients’ experiences of our care.

“However, we are not at all complacent about this and we on this board are all aware that we are not yet where we want to be."