Airedale Hospital maternity care gives a positive experience
Airedale Hospital has been highlighted as providing a positive experience for maternity care and treatment, according to a survey published this week by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
18,000 people in England were surveyed and women were asked questions about all aspects of their maternity care, from the first time they saw a clinician or midwife, during labour and birth, through to the care provided at home in the weeks following the arrival of their baby.
Airedale was shown to be amongst the best performing trusts in elements of all 3 aspects of maternity care:
- In antenatal care midwives at Airedale were rated as amongst the best for providing information about feeding your baby and also scored highly for having a contact number for a midwife, for being listened to and being spoken to in a way you could understand
- During labour and birth Airedale was rated as amongst the best for being given appropriate advice and support when you contacted a midwife or the hospital, the length of stay being adequate and being treated with kindness and understanding.
- Postnatally women rated Airedale amongst the best for giving consistent advice about feeding your baby and scored highly on providing a contact number for women to contact a midwife at home after the birth.
One Airedale patient commented in the survey:
“The care I received through my pregnancy and after the birth was excellent! The staff in Airedale Hospital were brilliant and supportive! I feel very lucky to have such a great health service. I know people who have paid for private that haven’t had such a good experience as I have had.”
Mary Armitage, Head of Midwifery at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“We are really pleased with these excellent results and the lovely comments that have been made about our service. The whole maternity team strive to ensure that every woman has the best birth experience that is possible and it is particularly gratifying that our results indicate that this is being achieved in most cases. There are still areas where we can do better and these will be focused on over the next year.”
If anyone is planning to have a baby or is pregnant and wants to meet the midwifery team then they can come to the hospital’s first ever Maternity Open Day on Saturday 17 February, in the education centre at Airedale Hospital between 10am and 4pm. The Open Day will include a variety of information stalls as well as the opportunity to have a tour of the maternity facilities and a chat with some of the midwives.