Clinical service achievements

UHDB Maternity services rated highly in Midlands

A family with their new-born baby accompanied by a midwife

Maternity services at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have been rated in the top five in the Midlands for both antenatal and postnatal care. More than 200 women, half of which were first time mums, gave their views as part of a Care Quality Commission survey.

The top ratings were for the care at the start of pregnancy, antenatal check-ups and postnatal care for support feeding baby.

Women also scored the Trust highly for choice about where their postnatal care would take place, Midwives or doctor awareness of mothers' medical history during antenatal check-ups and mothers being able to see or speak to a midwife as much as they wanted during their care after birth.

Patti Paine, Director of Midwifery, said: “I’m really pleased that women who use the service have scored us highly in aspects of the care we provide. The last two years have been very difficult for pregnant women and maternity services but it is really reassuring that these views, which were taken at the height of the second wave of the pandemic, show how much they value the care we provide.

“We know that we don’t always get things right all of the time but we value all feedback from our women and their loved ones  and never stop trying to improve. Our mums to be told us that they could be more involved in some decisions such as if they want to be induced and the information they are given  on induction of their labour, which we are grateful for, and we’ll be focussing our attention on this in the coming months. Overall I’m delighted that our midwives and wider teams have been recognised by the women using our service in a positive way and we will continue to strive to provide the highest quality of care possible.”

The NHS Patient Survey Programme (NPSP) is commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); the independent regulator of health. The survey took place in February 2021, a time when the Trust was caring for more than 400 Covid-19 inpatients.