Health Minister helps celebrate completion of maternity refurbishment - 28 October 2014

Health Minister helps celebrate completion of maternity refurbishment - 28 October 2014


Maternity Celebration PictureParliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Dr Dan Poulter, MP, joined staff from Musgrove Park Hospital on Thursday, 23 October, to celebrate the completion of work to refurbish its maternity unit.

Work began last October (2013) to refurbish and upgrade eight rooms in the hospital’s labour ward, which was made possible due to a £600,000 award from the Department of Health. The work included improving bathroom facilities and providing modern, en-suite delivery rooms bringing the ward up to 21st century standards.

After almost a year of providing full maternity services to pregnant women in Somerset around the building works, the project is now complete and labouring women in Somerset are benefitting from the improved facilities.

Dr Poulter said: “It was a great pleasure joining the dedicated maternity team for the completion of the refurbishment works. It is great to be able to see for myself how the money from the Department of Health has improved the facilities for women coming in to Musgrove Park Hospital to give birth.

“It is a testament to the hospital staff’s hard work and dedication to providing high quality care that this project has been completed so successfully.”

Musgrove’s Chairman Colin Drummond said: “This work was made possible thanks to the Department of Health’s generous award, but also in part due to the support from our community, many of whom raise money and give generously to us to help us improve facilities for our patients.

“We are very grateful for their support as it goes a long way to enabling us to improve the facilities we have here at the hospital. However there is still a great amount we need to do to bring all our buildings up to the standards our patients deserve, and given the tough financial climate we are facing, it is even more important that we are supported by the Department of Health to make these improvements.

“We are very grateful for the money they gave us for our maternity unit as it has really helped us provide first class facilities for women in our labour ward.”