Hospital awarded maternity boost

EXPECTANT mothers are set to benefit after Ipswich Hospital's maternity department was one of the first in the country to be picked to run a special programme to improve services.

Naomi Gornall

EXPECTANT mothers are set to benefit after Ipswich Hospital's maternity department was one of the first in the country to be picked to run a special programme to improve services.

The department at the Heath Road hospital was one of 12 units nationwide to be selected for the Safer Birth programme, which aims to ensure mothers get the safest possible care during labour.

The initiative, involving the Royal College of Midwives, the National Patient Safety Agency and the Kings Fund charity, is a national network, allowing the maternity teams to share experiences.

The idea is to improve team-working and communication, staffing and training, leadership, and share information and guidance.

Ipswich Hospital, where 4,000 babies are born every year, was one of 12 successful applicants to the project after 50 maternity units applied to take part.

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The hospital was judged and selected on its enthusiasm, ideas and abilities to do the work.

Consultant Andrew Leather, clinical chairman for maternity services, said being part of the new network would enable them to improve their standard of care even further.

“Providing safe care to all our mums and babies is already the highest priority for our maternity team,” he said.

“Being part of the new Safer Births network will mean we can really build on our record of safety by benefiting from external expertise and advice, and we can share experiences with other teams around the country.”

What do you think of the maternity care provided at Ipswich Hospital? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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