WHISTON and St Helens hospitals have been declared as two of the cleanest hospitals in the country, according to patients.

Health watchdog, The Care Quality Commission, has published the findings as part of a national survey.

They asked patients what they think about the care and treatment they received.

Results show that patients rate St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as providing some of the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, compared to other hospital trusts.

The knowledge of specialists was also praised, as patients commended doctors for the information available about their condition or illness.

Ann Marr, chief executive, who lives in Widnes, said: “We are pleased that patients feel they are well cared for in a clean and safe environment. The trust is never complacent and remains committed to providing exceptionally high standards of care for our patients.”