Date of release: Monday 19th January, 2015
Expectant mothers from South Staffordshire are being given a warm welcome at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s award-winning maternity unit following the re-allocation of services previously supplied at Stafford.
Under an official transfer of services which has now taken place New Cross Hospital has become one of the sites in the region providing maternity care for both low risk and more complex cases which would previously have been handled by the dissolved Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.
New Cross is helping to provide the extra capacity needed and staff are committed to delivering high quality care.
“We welcome those women from south Staffordshire who choose to have their babies at New Cross Hospital,” said Debra Hickman, Head of Midwifery Services.
“There are in-patient facilities for all women on our maternity ward and we assure them that they will have good access to back-up community provision.”
As part of the recent re-organisation, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s community service for pregnant women has been extended to include parts of south Staffordshire.
Obstetric and ante natal clinics are being provided by the Trust at Cannock Chase Hospital (which it now runs), while home visits and ante natal visits by community midwives will be extended to include Perton, Penkridge, Cannock, Codsall, Wombourne, Seisdon, Rugeley and the surrounding areas.
The Cannock Chase outpatient facility is consultant-led, and the site has scanning facilities. “We are looking to expand the maternity services at Cannock Chase in the future,” said Ms Hickman.
Women who choose Maternity services at New Cross will have a comprehensive risk-assessment regarding any Previous Medical and Obstetric history and discussions with their Midwife and/or Consultant with regards to their preferences for antenatal care and birth.
New Cross is highly-equipped for all maternity needs. There are spacious state-of-the-art birth rooms, some with en suite, and birthing pools.
In recent years the New Cross Hospital maternity has won awards for its water birth service, teaching innovation and hypnobirthing service.
Its Midwifery-led unit was shortlisted for the Nursing Times Team of the Year award in 2014.
Following a stringent safety inspection in 2013 the Maternity Service received an impressive score of 46 out of 50, covering areas such as complex births, caesarean section, examination of the newborn baby, resuscitation, post-natal care and care of labour in women.
For further information please contact Debra Hickman on 01902 307999.