18:23 Thursday 12 December 2013

Plaudits for maternity services at town hospital

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

MATERNITY services at Queen’s Hospital in Burton have been held up as some of the best in the country for supporting pregnant mothers.

The National Maternity Survey shows Burton to be one of the best performing units for giving women time to ask questions and discuss issues at antenatal check-ups and explaining things clearly and respectfully during labour and birth.

The results, which were compiled from mothers who gave birth in February, show an improvement on the previous survey, which took place in 2010.

Head of midwifery Gill Salmon said: “We are delighted that this survey will provide women and their families who have chosen to birth with us confidence that they can expect high quality care.

“Their birth experience is very important to us, and we will be working hard to show continued improvement.”

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital, in Lichfield, which is also run by the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was also one of the top scorers in the survey, which was undertaken on behalf of the Care Quality Commission.

Both units also scored highly in other areas, including women being given a phone number to have at home for after the birth to enable them to contact a midwife, asking new mums how they felt emotionally after the birth, and allowing the birth partners to be as involved as they wanted to be during labour and delivery.

They also scored very well for the cleanliness of the hospital room or ward.

One area they fell down on was providing comments and advice after the birth.

Mrs Salmon said the midwifes would look at improving this, adding that as the survey was completed in February, some changes may already have taken place.

The maternity ward at the Belvedere Road site under went a major £112,000 overhaul earlier this year.

Rooms were upgrades, and a birthing pool was installed. Staff are hoping to raise a further £10,000 for a birthing swing.

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