Gateshead achieves safest level of care for mums

Posted on Wed, 27/02/2013

Mums to be who have their babies in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead are receiving the highest quality of care possible.

That’s the assessment from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which has awarded the QE a level three rating for maternity risk management standards, one of only 15 maternity units in the country to achieve this (including two other units in the North East).

Gill Wiggham, Divisional Manager for Women and Children’s Services at the QE said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of the services we deliver for mums and dads, not just from Gateshead but from all around the region. We’re always actively looking to improve services, and will keep doing so in order to retain level three when the bar is raised again in another three years.

“This has been the result of immense contribution from all members of staff in the department, who work tirelessly to provide mums with the best possible birthing experience they can. I’d like to say thank you to all of them as we couldn’t have achieved this without their hard work.”

The successful assessment by the NHSLA looked at reducing risk and improving safety in the care being provided at the hospital. The unit was assessed against key clinical standards in areas like caesarean sections and monitoring women in labour. This means that the Trust has the best outcomes for Gateshead mums and babies.

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