Harrogate maternity service is one of the best in the UK

13 December 2013

A recent survey of women has put Maternity Services at Harrogate District Hospital as one of the best in the whole country.

The survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission every three years assessed the experience of women whilst in the care of Harrogate Maternity services. It included questions around labour and birth, staffing and care in hospital after birth. Harrogate was the only hospital in the north of England, and one of only four in the country to score better than most other Trusts in all three areas of questioning.

Jan Chaplin, Deputy Chief Nurse and Head of Midwifery at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said:

We are delighted that our Maternity service has been named one of the very best in England, by the most important people, the women and their partners who use our service.

Our compassionate, dedicated and hardworking team always do their best to provide high quality care. Whilst we know that sometimes we don’t get it all right, it is good to know that women feel we are doing a good job and we continually review our services to make further improvements.

Pregnancy and childbirth can at times be very anxious for some and we do all we can to help women to have a positive experience and achieve their expectations. Our team does not just comprise of midwives, but includes maternity support staff, doctors, porters, cleaners and others, who all have a vital part to play to ensure the woman and her family have an experience that is high quality and enjoyable.

The survey comes shortly after the service at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust was reaccredited by UNICEF as Baby Friendly.

Mrs Chaplin added:

Providing care in pregnancy and child birth is a privilege for all the staff involved and they will continue to work hard to enable women to feel supported and ensure the care we provide continues to be high quality and individual care.

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