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Musgrove Park Hospital awarded £48,000 to improve maternity safety - 10 March 2016

Musgrove Park Hospital awarded £48,000 to improve maternity safety - 10 March 2016

Musgrove Park Hospital’s maternity department has been awarded £48,000 as part of a drive to make the NHS one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.

This award will be spent on a resuscitation simulator and mobile resuscitative unit, to help keep maternity staff fully up to date in the latest safety techniques.

It is part of a fund of more than £2million which the Department of Health has awarded to NHS trusts across the country, from Gateshead to Taunton, to support the Government’s commitment to halve the number of stillbirths, neo natal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth by 2030.

Debra young, head of midwifery at Musgrove, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this money. We are dedicated to ensuring mums-to-be and their partners receive the safest possible care and treatment from our maternity team, and an important part of that is having realistic emergency skills drills so that we manage emergency situations really well when they happen for real. This helps make sure we are able to consistently give high quality, safe care”.

“This funding will enable us to provide a resuscitation simulator to help our maternity colleagues update and maintain their skills on a regular basis.

Health Minister Ben Gummer said:

“It is my ambition to ensure the NHS is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby. Our staff do an excellent job providing high quality care but it is vital that they have the right equipment to continue to do this, that’s why I am really pleased that so many trusts will benefit from this fund.

“I am determined to ensure we do everything we can to reduce the number of families going through the heartache of stillbirth, neo natal death, maternal death and brain injury occurring during or soon after birth.”

NHS trusts have received funding to spend on kit including new ultrasound machines and mother and baby monitoring equipment, so any problems can be detected and addressed earlier.

As part of its campaign to improve maternity safety, the Government is also investing £500,000 to develop a new system for use consistently across the NHS, so staff can review and learn from every stillbirth and neonatal death. A further £1million will be spent rolling out training packages, to equip staff with the skills and confidence they need to deliver world-leading, safe care and £365 million will go toward improving perinatal mental health services.

Ministers will work with top consultants, midwives and other experts both across this country and internationally, to ensure the very best practice is applied across the NHS. There is also a drive to improve the data available to staff and patients.

This focus on improving maternity services is part of a wider commitment by the Government, backed by a £10billion investment in the NHS, to ensure all patients receive the very best care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Background

Applications for funding were considered by the Department of Health and representatives from the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.