Strong endorsement for East Cheshire's Maternity Department in national survey | Knutsford Times

Strong endorsement for East Cheshire’s Maternity Department in national survey

By on February 9, 2018

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Maternity Department has received a strong endorsement from local mums in a major national survey.

The department was one of just four nationally which performed ‘better than expected’ across all labour and birth questions in the Care Quality Commission’s Maternity Services Survey 2017.

The department, which is based at Macclesfield Hospital, was also given an overall rating of 9 out of 10 for maternity care following in the survey, which was completed by 90 women who gave birth at Macclesfield Hospital in 2017.

The CQC survey asked women about their experiences of care during labour and birth, as well as the quality of antenatal and postnatal support received. A higher than average proportion of women who had given birth at Macclesfield answered positively throughout the survey about the care they had received.

The trust also achieved 100% for scores on partners being involved during labour and birth, and women being asked how they feel emotionally (at home after the birth) and was not classed as performing ‘worse than expected’ for any of the criteria.

East Cheshire NHS Trust Director of Nursing, Performance and Quality Kath Senior said: “We are

delighted that the women we serve have rated the care they have received so positively.

“We have a very skilled and caring team of maternity staff here at East Cheshire NHS Trust and I am proud that their professionalism and dedication has been recognised in this way.”

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