Dorset County Hospital’s maternity staff have two good reasons to celebrate after achieving an excellence accolade and winning funding to improve facilities for mums and babies.
The unit has been placed in the top 15 maternity services in the UK for care quality and safety by healthcare intelligence firm CHKS.
Providers were analysed against nine clinical indicators, including caesarean rates, length of stay, complications, readmissions and injuries as well as three indicators from the Care Quality Commission’s maternity survey. The results put DCH among the top 10% of maternity providers in the country.
There was more good news for the unit following an announcement that they have won £276,000 of government funding from the Improving Maternity Care Settings Fund.
The money will be used to develop facilities for mothers with complex mental health needs who require more support after giving birth and to building two en-suite rooms between the maternity unit and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) for mothers and fathers with babies on SCBU.
Head of Midwifery at Dorset County Hospital Jo Hartley said: “It is great to have the quality of our care publicly acknowledged by CHKS and this generous funding from the Department of Health will enable us to provide accommodation for women who need more intensive support after giving birth. It will also ensure that women with babies on SCBU can stay on the unit rather than having to go home before their baby is discharged.”