HEALTH services in Hillingdon are progressing with the main hospital raising its rating for care while the organisation which governs doctors surgeries and clinics has improved its use of finances.
Results published today (Thursday) of the third annual health check by the Healthcare Commission, the UK's health watchdog, reveal that Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust's services have progressed from fair to good.
The trust also achieved a good rating for its management of financial resources.
But Hillingdon Primary Care Trust (PCT) showed no improvement in the report, remaining stagnant with a fair rating in quality of service for the third year running, although its use of resources increased from weak to fair.
The PCT is currently working off a historic £60m debt and chief executive, Yi Mien Koh, said: "We are pleased to have achieved financial balance, which was our number one priority. We are also pleased to be able to report that we had addressed many of the issues raised by the year end at April 2008.
"We strive to continuously improve and we will not compromise the quality of care - it is always our top priority."
The Healthcare Commission report is said to be the most comprehensive performance assessment ever to be undertaken in the NHS, holding 391 trusts to account, with each rated on a four-point performance scale from excellent to weak.
Initially carried out in 2005/2006, the health check rating is divided into two parts, with each trust assessed on their performance according to national standards and targets, and how effectively they manage their financial resources.
Across London, 12 trusts received excellent results for quality of service, including the Central and North West NHS London Foundation Trust, while 19 trusts achieved top ratings for financial resources management.
Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust was one of just two trusts in the capital to score a weak rating for quality of services, alongside the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. It was also among 11 trusts languishing at the bottom of the list for management of resources.