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A REGIONAL health group has been recognised as one of the best in the country.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been named in the 40 Top Hospitals awards for the fifth consecutive year.

The honour was awarded by leading independent healthcare intelligence provider CHKS after measuring patient experience and quality of care, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes and efficiency.

Trust Chief Operating Officer Ann Farrar said: “To be recognised for the fifth consecutive year as one of the country’s top performing trusts is brilliant news for our patients and staff. Once again, it is tribute to the hard work and commitment of our staff.

“These national awards celebrate excellence in the areas which really matter to patients. It is an important marker of high-quality care, gives the public confidence in the services we provide and is a useful guide for those patients choosing where to receive care.”

The Trust was also shortlisted for the data quality award.