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Maternity services upgrade at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
3:49pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
The work, funded with the help of a £600,000 award from the Department of Health, will see improvements to the birthing environment to bring the Labour Ward up to 21st Century standards.
It includes improved bathroom facilities and en-suite rooms, and modernising and upgrading the delivery rooms to create a relaxing and homely environment.
Patients, the National Childbirth Trust and the Council of Governors of Musgrove Park Hospital were all involved in deciding the improvements that needed to be made as a matter of priority.
David Allwright, Musgrove’s director of corporate planning and performance, said: “The maternity unit was built in the Second World Ward and was designed for 1940s wartime care.
"We have had plans in place to improve Musgrove’s maternity facilities for some time and receiving this additional funding has enabled us to invest in these improvement works this year.
"This will allow us to improve the birthing environment so that it complements the quality care provided by our staff and meets the expectations of the community we serve.”
Sallyann King, midwifery matron, said: “The maternity service we provide at Musgrove will remain fully operational while these improvement works are being carried out.
"However, to ensure work progresses we will be closing two of the delivery rooms at a time.
“Plans have been put in place to try to minimise the impact this work will have on women and their families.
"However, as you would expect with any building works there will be some intermittent building noise and disruption from contractors being on site.
“This will not affect the majority of expectant mothers coming to the unit but there may be an occasion when there are a lot of births taking place when we might have to consider other options such as using other clinical areas of maternity.”
To ensure as minimal an impact as possible an experienced midwife will speak to all women calling the ward who are potentially in labour and assess their condition and give them advice about admission.
In addition, expectant mothers with uncomplicated pregnancies will be offered the opportunity to use Musgrove’s Bracken Birthing Centre or the Mary Stanley Unit at Bridgwater Hospital.
All expectant mothers will receive letters to inform them of the work that is being carried out and to let them know how they can contact the maternity unit if they have any questions.
The work is due to be completed in June 2014.
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