Ma­ter­nity unit ben­e­fits from Eal­ing clo­sure

‘We’re go­ing from strength to strength’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE clo­sure of the ma­ter­nity unit at Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal has brought ‘pos­i­tives’ to Hilling­don, says the head of mid­wifery.

Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal opened a new tran­si­tional care area last week, for ba­bies that need ex­tra sup­port, along with a new birth cen­tre with a fourbed­ded mid­wifery-led unit that has gone from ‘strength-to-strength’.

Anita Hutchins, head of mid­wifery and women’s care at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal, said: “It’s been a pos­i­tive thing for us be­cause we’ve been able to put ser­vices into place that we’ve never been able to be­fore.

“The staff are lov­ing it, the women have been re­ally pos­i­tive about it and it’s fan­tas­tic that we can now of­fer that.”

Around eight to 10 per cent of women at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal came from Eal­ing, but now the ge­o­graph­i­cal thresh­old has ex­panded to in­clude UB5, UB2 and UB1 post­codes.

Ms Hutchins said: “We’ve taken a very spe­cific ge­o­graph­i­cal patch from Eal­ing, with spe­cific post­codes at­tached.

“One of the things we’ve guar­an­teed is that we’ll al­ways de­liver our own ladies in Hilling­don and this ex­tra patch which is now ours.

“We’ll be go­ing up from about 4,200 de­liv­er­ies to 5,000 a year.”

Eal­ing Ma­ter­nity Unit closed on July 1 de­spite demon­stra­tions and tire­less cam­paign­ing to keep it open.

But Ms Hutchins says the changes have been a ‘win-win’ for Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal in terms of ca­pac­ity and space.

She added: “We knew there were chal­lenges with the old unit. It was quite small.

“But now it’s got clin­i­cal rooms, a re­cep­tion and of­fice space and it’s re­ally nice.

“We’ve also moved our small ma­ter­nity triage area and we’ve been able to re­lo­cate some of our ser­vices, such as the gy­nae­col­ogy unit, which has gone to the main hos­pi­tal.

“That’s given us a lot of space to set up the new ser­vices. One of the things we’ve been able to do is de­velop a larger ma­ter­nity triage for the women and that’s re­ally good for things like pri­vacy, dig­nity and con­fi­den­tial­ity.

“We’ve got all the choices for women now and that’s fan­tas­tic for us, for the women and staff.”

The hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity ser­vices were also pleased to have been awarded a Cer­tifi­cate of Com­mit­ment from the Unicef Baby Friendly Ini­tia­tive (BFI).

The BFI is an ac­cred­ited Unicef pro­gramme de­signed to sup­port breast­feed­ing.

It is an in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme aimed at pro­mot­ing breast­feed­ing with the aim of re­duc­ing ill­ness in ba­bies and chil­dren. It also helps pro­tect moth­ers from breast and ovar­ian can­cer, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease in later life.

In a state­ment, Ms Hutchins said: “We are de­lighted that we have been recog­nised by UNICEF for our com­mit­ment to our women and their fam­i­lies. This is the first step to­wards our jour­ney to full baby friendly ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“At Hilling­don, our pri­mary pur­pose is to en­sure that women choos­ing to have their ba­bies with us are pro­vided with the best pos­si­ble ev­i­dence based care, sup­port and ad­vice, and BFI is one of the many im­prove­ments we are mak­ing to help us to con­tinue to pro­vide first class ma­ter­nity care.”

n ‘WIN-WIN’: Hilling­don’s ma­ter­nity unit has been given a new look in a bid to cope with the clo­sure of the Eal­ing site

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