With an extra £10million being put into improving labour units across the UK, find out how the changes will affect you
Family-friendly suites, birthing pools and reclining labour chairs – just some of the maternity unit improvements you can expect this year thanks to £10million of new investment.
Speaking at Kingston Hospital today, health minister Dr Dan Poulter said the funding is ‘targeted to the areas we know we needed the most.’
The money is being given to 63 trusts to improve or extend delivery suites, provide more facilities for families involved in the birth and buy special birthing equipment.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is using its nearly £500,000 of funding to help pay for a ‘complex needs suite’ alongside the existing maternity unit to help women who have a more complicated birth experience.
While Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth is using £83,000 to buy new reclining chairs and equipment to help women adopt a more upright position when giving birth.
This year’s funding follows on from the £25million that was invested last year, helping to improve 100 birthing units.
‘This £10million fun is very welcome,’ says Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives. ‘Last year, the first tranche of funding made a big difference to our maternity units and mothers, babies and families are experiencing better facilities. I look forward to seeing more units reap the benefits of securing a grant.’
Find out if your local is set to benefit this year with this full list of trusts receiving funding.
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