The award-winning Maternity Unit based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe has been officially opened following the completion of a thorough refurbishment project.
Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), visited the Unit on Thursday, July 9, 2015, to see the new facilities for herself and to unveil a ceremonial plaque to mark the official opening.
The Maternity service, which is managed by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), has received a significant amount of external praise and accreditation since the refurbishment project commenced. In March 2015 it was named as “Midwifery Service of the Year” by the RCM, and two months later was named as a UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Hospital for the first time. In addition, the service is deemed to be one of the safest in the county after receiving the highest level of accreditation awarded by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) programme.
Pam Cornwall, Lead Nurse and Head of Midwifery at MCHFT, said: “The transformation that has taken place at Leighton Hospital, along with our community-based services, has been extraordinary. Whilst our facilities have been upgraded to an extremely high standard, they would mean nothing if it wasn’t for the dedication of our highly-qualified staff who deliver excellent care each and every day.
“There aren’t many organisations in the UK who have achieved what we have, meaning that local pregnant women and their families have a truly first class service available on their doorstep.”
Speaking about her visit, Cathy Warwick said: “I was delighted to open the unit and to meet the midwives, women, their babies and families.
“The facilities are wonderful and I am sure they will be welcomed and well used by women in the area. This year the Trust were the winners of an RCM award so we know what excellent work is being done to deliver better care and improve the experience for women in the area.
“I congratulate the Trust for making this investment in their maternity services.”
The Maternity Unit at Leighton Hospital can provide care for all women, from low-risk births in the purpose-built Midwifery-Led Unit, which offers birthing pools, ambient mood lighting, en-suite facilities and private courtyards, through to those who may require more attention in the traditional Labour Ward. A high-dependency area is available for women who may require more intensive specialised care during labour, further increasing the safety of their care, whilst home births are also offered, all supported by a team of dedicated and highly qualified Midwives. Further information about the range of maternity options available from the service is available at www.mcht.nhs.uk/maternity.