The Sunday Times Good Hospital Guide 2004
Published as a 96-page guide, The Sunday Times Good Hospital Guide is the definitive guide to the top hospitals in Britain and Ireland.
The guide is based on data compiled by Dr Foster, Britain's leading independent authority on healthcare quality, and includes detailed profiles analysing the main NHS and private hospitals.
The methods used in this year's guide are the most rigorous to date with hospitals ranked on a 12-point scorecard covering: mortality index, doctors and nurser per 100 beds, patient safety, length of outpatient and inpatient waits, trust in the doctors, whether patients are treated with dignity, patient and staff satisfaction, cleanliness in the hospital and the quality of the food.
The guide is designed to equip patients with information that will help them make better-informed decisions about their treatment or referral in consultation with their GP.