Musgrove Park Hospital awarded £600k to upgrade maternity unit - 25 January 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital awarded £600k to upgrade maternity unit - 25 January 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital has been awarded £600k by the Department of Health to make improvements to its maternity unit.

In November 2012, the Government announced that NHS Trusts could bid for a share of a £25 million fund to improve and upgrade maternity units across the country.

Musgrove was awarded £600k, the highest award made in the South West.

The money will be used to fund improvements to the Labour Ward, benefitting over 3,200 women and their partners who give birth at Musgrove each year.

Like much of the Musgrove Park Hospital estate, the maternity unit was built in World War 2 and was designed for 1940s war time care.

This award will allow improvements to be made to the birthing environment to bring the Labour Ward up to 21st century standards.

Improvements will include improving bathroom facilities on Labour Ward including providing en suite facilities, and modernising and upgrading the delivery rooms to create a relaxing and homely environment.

Patients, the National Childbirth Trust and the Council of Governors of Musgrove Park Hospital were all involved in deciding the priorities for the bid.

The full improvement scheme will cost in excess of £1m and the Hospital has committed significant funds on top of the £600k award to allow this much needed work to take place.

David Allwright, Musgrove’s Director of Corporate Planning and Performance said: “This funding will allow us to make substantial improvements to the Labour Ward which will improve privacy and dignity for women.”

Sarah Bridges, the hospital’s Clinical Director for the Women and Children's Directorate said: “Musgrove is committed to delivering the best possible start for women and their families.

This much needed funding will allow us to create an environment that compliments the quality care provided by our staff and meets the expectations of the community we serve.”