MP praises East Lancashire Hospitals neonatal care staff expertise

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has praised the neonatal care at Burnley General Hospital.

Mr Stephenson wrote to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to find out about the service after attending a Bliss Parliamentary reception, held to raise awareness of the needs of premature and special care babies.

The level of neonatal care at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre in Burnley exceeded expected standards, with 82 per cent of nurses qualified in this speciality compared with an expected standard of 70 per cent.

Mr Stephenson said: “I am extremely pleased to hear neonatal care in Burnley exceeds expected standards and that the centre is continuing to increase its capabilities through on-going programmes of professional development.”

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3:22pm Fri 11 Jan 13

mavrick says...

Would I be right in thinking that there was a dire shortage of specialist midwives in the area? so 82% of midwives qualified in this specialist discipline? can we be supplied with figures that show how many midwives are employed by the trust today compared to say 20 years ago? when we were told that closing the small maternity homes would benefit the community in terms of quality care in the community, this would accommodate women having home births and have the reassurance of a specialist hospital and team if needed. Of course it did not happen. but we were quoted percentages of specialists availability. While I welcome the training of these midwives I can't help feeling that there is just not enough of them and not enough capacity in the hospitals to cope with the level of childbirths we have now. We deserve better, It is our NHS and not the political football it has become.
Would I be right in thinking that there was a dire shortage of specialist midwives in the area? so 82% of midwives qualified in this specialist discipline? can we be supplied with figures that show how many midwives are employed by the trust today compared to say 20 years ago? when we were told that closing the small maternity homes would benefit the community in terms of quality care in the community, this would accommodate women having home births and have the reassurance of a specialist hospital and team if needed. Of course it did not happen. but we were quoted percentages of specialists availability. While I welcome the training of these midwives I can't help feeling that there is just not enough of them and not enough capacity in the hospitals to cope with the level of childbirths we have now. We deserve better, It is our NHS and not the political football it has become. mavrick

11:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

ATeam says...

Midwives and specialist Neonatal nurses are two different entities altogether...Midwive
s deliver babies..Neonatal ICU nurses look after prem & sick babies
Midwives and specialist Neonatal nurses are two different entities altogether...Midwive s deliver babies..Neonatal ICU nurses look after prem & sick babies ATeam

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