Hospital bosses in St Helens are celebrating after being named as the best in the UK for patient experience.
NHS workers at Whiston and St Helens hospitals were praised by judges at the CHKS Top Hospitals award.
The prize recognised consistently high standards of care across the health sector.
The local health walked away with top billing after analysis of CQC inpatient surveys and a range of other patient surveys.
Bosses say the award follows the implementation of a series of initiatives designed to engage with patients.
Trust chief executive Ann Marr praised staff for their cointribution.
She said: “Our staff show exceptional professionalism and work incredibly hard throughout the hospitals to provide high standards of care to each and every patient.
This award is testament to that hard work and I would like to thank all of our staff for their continued support.
“It is fantastic news that our patients recognise their commitment and feel they are receiving the very best care at our hospitals.”
Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, added: “Staff at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust should take pride in having won this award on the basis of our analysis of patient experience outcomes.”
CHKS is a provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to the NHS and independent healthcare sector. The company also has a portfolio of information products, many relating to the health sector.