HOSPITAL food, ward cleanliness, and patient privacy and dignity will be under the spotlight with a new scheme.

Wye Valley NHS Trust is calling for volunteers to carry out unannounced inspections as part of a government initiative to drive improvements.

Volunteer inspectors will look at how the care environment supports patients’ needs.

Lucy Flanagan, director of nursing, said: “We want real feedback from people who will inspect from a patient’s perspective.

“Interested people with experience of their local hospital can call Jill Williams between 9am and 4pm weekdays on 01432 277117 or email by 20 September."

Hospital staff and those who have worked for the hospital in the last two years are ineligible.

The result of the team’s unannounced assessments will be published.