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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Report showing improvements at Barrow maternity unit welcomed

THE father of a baby who died due to poor care has welcomed a government report highlighting improvements to maternity services in Barrow.

A report from the Care Quality Commission published today has described improvements in the maternity services and hygiene at Furness General Hospital after an unannounced inspection in October.

According to the report, “patients experienced care that met their needs, were treated with respect and dignity and there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty. In addition, inspectors found improvements had been made at FGH to address previously identified shortfalls in relation to infection control.”

James Titcombe, who campaigned tirelessly for improvements in standards and transparency following the death of his son Joshua in 2005, said he was “very pleased” by the announcement.

He said: “I’m very, very pleased the trust has made improvements in maternity services; it’s good news for mums and babies in the area. It shows the importance of exposing problems at the trust.”

The visiting inspection team included four CQC inspectors, an obstetrician and a specialist in midwifery.

Sue Smith, executive chief nurse at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The report shows maternity services at both Royal Lancaster Infirmary and at Furness General Hospital are meeting the essential standards of quality and safety expected.

“The inspectors who carried out the unannounced inspection also looked at cleanliness and hygiene at Furness General Hospital following a previous inspection earlier last year. The trust was found to have made the improvements required to meet the essential standards.”

The reports stated: “Staff worked quickly and efficiently but also made time to speak to patients.

“We found examples of how women had been involved in developing service provision.

“Women’s individual needs were being assessed in order to meet their needs and protect their rights.’’

Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s regional director for the North said: “We are pleased to report the improvement in maternity services we found on our inspection.’’

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “It is good news that the CQC has found that the problems with infection control at Furness General’s maternity unit are being addressed – the hard work of staff at the unit is clearly paying off.

"Local families who rely on the unit want to know that it is a safe and hygienic environment and those who grieve for lost loved ones want to see lessons being learnt.

“Now that the long-term future of the maternity unit is more secure, it is vital that it continues to receive the necessary resources and support from the Morecambe Bay NHS trust – the CQC’s finding that Lancaster’s maternity unit needs extra staff demonstrates that resource and staffing issues remain a serious concern locally.”

 

 

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