A HOSPITAL which faces having its services downgraded has been named one of the UK’s top 40 hospitals for the fifth year running.

The award for Lewisham hospital, run by Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust, recognises “outstanding” performance and is judged by independent healthcare intelligence provider CHKS.

The winning trust is one of only four in London to make the top 40 which rewards clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Chair of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust Elizabeth Butler said: “To be recognised as a top 40 hospital for a fifth consecutive year is a fantastic achievement.

“I am so proud of our 3,000 staff and would like to thank them all for their continued hard work.”

Chief Executive of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust Tim Higginson added: “We are delighted to receive this award which is a testament to our staff.

"This highlights our commitment to patient safety and to meeting the highest standards of care."

He went on to say the trust would continue to work with patients, GPs, staff and local people to provide the best services.

Jason Harries, managing director, CHKS said: “We are delighted that Lewisham Healthcare is one of our 40 Top Hospitals for 2013.

“These awards recognise outstanding performance in 22 areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care.”

For more information on the CHKS 40 Top Hospital Awards visit chks.co.uk>