Airedale Hospital maternity care gets a good report from new mums

Posted on February 4, 2020 by AireAdmin No Comments

Airedale Hospital has been highlighted as providing good maternity care and treatment, according to a survey published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

During the summer of 2019, a questionnaire was sent to all women who gave birth in February, responses were received from 111 patients at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

The maternity survey asks women about their experiences of care at three different stages of their maternity journey, during: antenatal care, labour and birth, and postnatal care The most positive results this year relate to women’s experience interacting and communicating with staff in maternity services, particularly during labour and birth.

In 2 areas Airedale performed better compared to most other trusts that took part in the survey:

  • Raising concerns – concerns being taken seriously once raised
  • Involvement in decisions – being involved enough in decisions about their care during labour and birth

The trust also scored very highly in the following areas:

  • Partner involvement – Partners being involved as much as they wanted
  • Clear communication – Being spoken to during labour and birth, in a way they could understand
  • Respect and dignity – Being treated with respect and dignity during labour and birth
  • Partner length of stay – Partner who was involved in care being able to stay with them as much as they wanted

Sarah Simpson, Head of Midwifery at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“This is a wonderful result and I am very proud of this.  I feel much of this is around the dedication of the maternity services staffing, doctors, midwives and health care support workers alike.  As a maternity unit we do make all efforts to respond to patient feedback in order to continuously make improvements to the services that we provide. 

Our Maternity Voices Partnership group have been very proactive this year in helping us to identify and respond effectively to what women and families want from our services.  Listening to women’s views of how to shape our services is extremely important.”  

Sarah continues:

“As in previous years and to help celebrate 50 Years of Airedale, the maternity unit will be hosting our Maternity Open day on the 3rd May 2020 as this is a huge success and women and families enjoy attending the unit.  There will be a number of stalls showcasing various different aspects of the maternity services inclusive of parent education, infant feeding, Continuity of Carer, raffles and games.” 

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