Hospital gets good rating

MATERNITY services at Ipswich Hospital have been praised by a national watchdog today.The Healthcare Commission rated the hospital's maternity services as 'better performing' overall, from the options of 'best', 'better', 'fair' or 'least well'.

MATERNITY services at Ipswich Hospital have been praised by a national watchdog today.

The Healthcare Commission rated the hospital's maternity services as 'better performing' overall, from the options of 'best', 'better', 'fair' or 'least well'.

It said Ipswich Hospital was excellent at providing access to maternity care and information for women, offering informed choice and providing support for infant feeding.

However the Heath Road hospital was told to improve staffing levels, postnatal care and mental health issues.

Christine Colbourne, head of midwifery at the hospital, said: "Considering the rising birth rate and an increase in complex pregnancies we have experienced at Ipswich Hospital I am very pleased with the results this survey has shown.

"The positive comments from the mothers reflects how hard the midwives, support staff and doctors work together to ensure women are offered choice, information and support during their childbirth experience.

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"There are areas that show where elements of care can be improved, and work on these has already commenced."

Would you like to praise maternity staff at Ipswich Hospital? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.