East Lancashire maternity services 'best in England'

Lancashire Telegraph: Anita Fleming, head of midwifery and matron Melanie Robinson with six-month-old Ava Kathrada born at Blackburn birthing centre Anita Fleming, head of midwifery and matron Melanie Robinson with six-month-old Ava Kathrada born at Blackburn birthing centre

MATERNITY services in Burnley and Blackburn have been hailed ‘the best in England’ after winning a national midwifery award.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been named the ‘Maternity Service of the Year’ at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual awards, after being praised for supporting staff, promoting ‘normal births’ and reducing caesarean section rates.

The controversial closure of Blackburn’s doctor-led maternity unit in 2010 was cited as a key reason for improved care, as the trust has been able to focus specialist care at Burnley General Hospital.

The closure also brought the development of three midwife-led birthing centres, in Burnley, Blackburn and Rossendale.

Head of midwifery Anita Fleming, who was also nominated for an individual award, said: “It’s great that East Lancashire can now be recognised as an outstanding example of normal birth promotion and innovative maternity services.”

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “This is fantastic news and I’m really proud of them.

“I think this absolutely justifies the decision to centralise the main maternity services in Burnley, because we’ve now got the best building and the best staff.”

The three birthing centres, for women expected to have a straightforward pregnancy, now deliver almost a third of East Lancashire’s babies. About 14 per cent of births take place at the ‘freestanding’ units, compared to about two per cent nationally.

The trust’s matron Melanie Robinson was also nominated for an award. The ceremony was held in London on Wednesday and hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky.

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4:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mavrick says...

I think there are quite a few people who would disagree with some of the statements made in this column. The closure of maternity services in Blackburn was an admission of underfunding, There are a lot less maternity beds now than 30years ago. As for concentrating specialist midwives and doctors in one place is the most over used excuse to remove and reduce services. I and many others will remain unconvinced of the so called improved service.
I think there are quite a few people who would disagree with some of the statements made in this column. The closure of maternity services in Blackburn was an admission of underfunding, There are a lot less maternity beds now than 30years ago. As for concentrating specialist midwives and doctors in one place is the most over used excuse to remove and reduce services. I and many others will remain unconvinced of the so called improved service. mavrick

4:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

I agree with this story - maternity services have improved markedly.

Our first two children were born at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The service we received was good. But it was nothing compared to when our third child was born at the new birthing centre. Having your child born in a specialist centre specially designed for giving birth rather than in a hospital which was not was a huge improvement.
I agree with this story - maternity services have improved markedly. Our first two children were born at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The service we received was good. But it was nothing compared to when our third child was born at the new birthing centre. Having your child born in a specialist centre specially designed for giving birth rather than in a hospital which was not was a huge improvement. Excluded again

6:07pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Steve4x4 says...

More Bull-*hit......
More Bull-*hit...... Steve4x4

7:33pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Forever Blue says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
More Bull-*hit......
Correct your full of it .
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: More Bull-*hit......[/p][/quote]Correct your full of it . Forever Blue

8:04pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mavrick says...

Excluded again wrote:
I agree with this story - maternity services have improved markedly.

Our first two children were born at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The service we received was good. But it was nothing compared to when our third child was born at the new birthing centre. Having your child born in a specialist centre specially designed for giving birth rather than in a hospital which was not was a huge improvement.
I am glad you had a positive experience there. I know people who have not, however the bedspaces for maternity patients has dramatically reduced.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: I agree with this story - maternity services have improved markedly. Our first two children were born at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The service we received was good. But it was nothing compared to when our third child was born at the new birthing centre. Having your child born in a specialist centre specially designed for giving birth rather than in a hospital which was not was a huge improvement.[/p][/quote]I am glad you had a positive experience there. I know people who have not, however the bedspaces for maternity patients has dramatically reduced. mavrick

11:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Sir Bill Taylor says...

It's good to see a positive story in the local media about our local health provision.
All too often the stories are negative, when the prevailing experience of most people is good. Most of our nurses, doctors & other health staff are hard working, caring & conscientious. We undermine them & our health service to create the myth they aren't .

Well done!
It's good to see a positive story in the local media about our local health provision. All too often the stories are negative, when the prevailing experience of most people is good. Most of our nurses, doctors & other health staff are hard working, caring & conscientious. We undermine them & our health service to create the myth they aren't . Well done! Sir Bill Taylor

12:06am Tue 28 Jan 14

Miss Seedat says...

My Sister haf her first child in Manchesters ST marys hospital and had a Terrible experience As if the labour wasnt painful enough She Was not given adequate care and as soon as She had the baby she was Rushed in and out ofthe bbathroom to have a wash and Thewater was cold too... she Was absolutely horrified at the Care... So this time She opted for Blackburn BirthingCentre As painful as the birth was Everything was done according to her wishes She was always kept informed of everything going on There was round the clock one to one care and The Staff were Asolutely Brilliant! This made her Labour much more comfortable and a much better Experience so I reckon this award is very Much so Deserved So well done!
My Sister haf her first child in Manchesters ST marys hospital and had a Terrible experience As if the labour wasnt painful enough She Was not given adequate care and as soon as She had the baby she was Rushed in and out ofthe bbathroom to have a wash and Thewater was cold too... she Was absolutely horrified at the Care... So this time She opted for Blackburn BirthingCentre As painful as the birth was Everything was done according to her wishes She was always kept informed of everything going on There was round the clock one to one care and The Staff were Asolutely Brilliant! This made her Labour much more comfortable and a much better Experience so I reckon this award is very Much so Deserved So well done! Miss Seedat

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