About: Pilgrim Hospital

I only went to a&e on my doctors recommendation apart from the waiting time I couldn't have wished for better attention. Theres only one thing I disagree with i got a text asking for my opinion when i tried to text i was told i would be charged

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Response from Sharon Kidd, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager, Patient Experience, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Terry

I am sorry that you had had cause to complain about receiving a communication from our Trust regarding the Friends and Family Test survey and would like to thank you for raising this with us.

The NHS England’s Friends and Family Test (FFT) is mandated as part of the NHS contract for use throughout all areas of the NHS which includes hospitals, GP surgeries, dentists etc. Along with all other general hospitals across the country, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has to ask inpatients, emergency patients and women who use maternity services, outpatients and day case patients how likely they are to recommend the ward, Accident and Emergency Department, outpatient clinic or department to their friends and family based on their experience in the hospital—this question has a range of possible answers from 'Extremely likely' to 'Extremely unlikely'.

We ask the FFT question to all of our patients within 48 hours of using one of our services and as you can imagine this is a huge task with us seeing so many people which is why we had to move to an electronic automated system to collect this data.

With regards to the notification of a charge, patients who text 80870 will not be charged anything. Our system uses a free to end user short code. This warning is a message that may appear for some smartphone users who run Android operating system 4.2 and above. It is a generic message that comes up for all short codes and doesn’t differentiate between those that charge or those that are free to text and as such we are unable to affect changes with all android mobile phone producers. But please be assured 80870 is FREE.

If you would like me to opt you out of the receipt of any future FFT survey texts then please contact me, Sharon.kidd@ulh.nhs.uk and I will opt you out immediately.


Sharon Kidd, Patient Experience Manager

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