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Jan 31 2013

Northwick Park to Improve Maternity Services

nhs_hospital-150x150The North West London NHS Trust has been granted £168,000 from the Department of Health to expand maternity services. The money comes as part of a £25million nationwide cash injection from the government for maternity services.

Gloria Rowland, head of midwifery, said: “We are delighted with the funding that the maternity unit has been granted. The money will be used to create a larger waiting area with toilets, a new birthing pool and the installation of a transitional care unit. The midwifery-led unit will also be upgraded to include new birth position equipment and a support room on postnatal ward for multiple births. We hope these improvements will make parents’ birth experience more comfortable, not just for mum but the whole family. The changes will also allow us to give mothers greater choice in the type of birth they would like.”

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter who revealed the 100 hospitals nationally that would receive funding, said: “A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time. These improvements will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.”

Source: NW London NHS Trust

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