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Maternity services improve at Warwick Hospital

Leamington Editorial 24th Jul, 2023   0

NEWBORNS at Warwick Hospital get a good start in life – and that’s official.

Maternity services have improved at the Lakin Road hospital, according to the latest inspection the Care Quality Commission.

While the CHC rated maternity services at the hospital as ‘good’ overall following the April review, the rating for ‘being safe’ improved from requires improvement to good, and the rating for ‘well-led’ went up from good to outstanding.

The hospital, run by South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust, was inspected as part of CQC’s national maternity services inspection programme.

it provides an up-to-date view of the quality of hospital maternity care across the country, and a better understanding of what is working well to support learning and improvement locally and nationally.

Linda Ward, SWFT associate director of midwifery, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the positive findings from the recent CQC inspection, which recognises the team’s hard work to improve the quality of care provided within our maternity services.

“This achievement is a testament to everybody in our exceptional maternity team. We remain committed to delivering safe, compassionate, and family-centred care, and these results motivate us to continue to strive for excellence.

“Our aim is to ensure that every expectant parent feels supported and confident in the care they receive at our trust. We will use this achievement as a platform to further enhance our services, improve experiences for all who use our service and shape the future of maternity care.”

Carolyn Jenkinson, CHC deputy director of secondary and specialist healthcare, congratulated staff at SWFT for their commitment to providing quality care.

She said: “When we visited maternity services at Warwick Hospital, staff were working incredibly hard to deliver a high standard of care to women and people using the service, and their babies.

“We found a well-respected and supportive leadership team who had the skills and abilities to run the service well. They had also created a positive culture, where staff showed everyone compassion and wanted to improve the delivery of care to meet people’s individual needs.

“People’s safety was prioritised, and the service managed safety incidents well to do this. Staff recognised and reported incidents and near misses. They were also investigated, and lessons learned were shared with the whole service so staff could learn from them to help prevent these from happening again. Additionally, when things did go wrong, staff apologised and gave people honest information and the right support.

“It was great to see some outstanding practice. For example, it provided a diabetes service to help support people with the condition. They had also introduced a health app so the maternity diabetes team could respond swiftly to any changes in people’s blood sugar levels. The introduction of this app had reduced the number of people attending hospital as staff could review the information and take any necessary action without seeing them face-to-face.”

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