Find out how we monitor patient experience at our Trust

Patient experience

We measure and monitor patient experience in a number of ways, including:

Friends and family test

The friends and family test is a way of gathering feedback from people who use NHS services about their experience. The test asks patients if they would recommend our services to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment. After the test, we also ask a few follow up questions so we can understand where we need to improve and where we’re performing well.

How can I take the test?

Patients can complete the friends and family test by using one of the dedicated electronic devices available on our wards, clinics and A&E departments. We use these devices as they allow us to gather patient feedback in real-time so we can react quickly to your responses and make improvements.

If you’d like to ensure you are able to complete the test at the time of your care, just make sure our staff are aware.

They will bring you an electronic device and show you how to use it.

Once you’ve returned home, you can still complete the test, by filling in the relevant online survey:

What happens to the results?

We use your feedback to help us improve and make changes to our services and the care we provide. The results allow us to take immediate action when there’s a problem and see how effective the improvements we’ve made have been. The test also provides a measure for you to compare us with other NHS trusts. 

We are currently focusing on noise at night and food and are working with a number of wards to improve these areas. If you would like more information please contact the patient experience team by emailing

Patient stories

Patient stories are a powerful way of sharing your experience of using our services with our staff. This helps our staff to learn from your experience, both good and bad. 

We can do this in a number of ways, for example making a short video clip that we can share with wards and departments. If you would be interested in discussing how you could share your experience please contact the patient experience team by emailing

Our results

You can see our latest friends and family test results below. We report these results as part of the overall scorecard that goes to our public board meetings, as well as on the NHS Choices website where they are broken down by site.

Friends and Family Test infographic