PERFORMANCE: Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has been rated highly by data firm Dr Foster for its performance, quality and efficiency.

A trust statement said: “Airedale Hospital has received the accolade – as a runner up for the Trust of the Year award – for its low mortality and high clinical efficiency rating over the last 12 months.”

Airedale chief executive Bridget Fletcher said: “We are delighted to feature as one of the two runners up in the national Dr Foster 2012 Hospital Guide.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our staff and recognises the hard work they do every day to make sure the care patients receive is of the highest quality, provides successful outcomes and is carried out with empathy and compassion”