Report raises maternity care service concern

CONCERN has been raised about maternity care services at three hospitals run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT).

In a recent unannounced Care Quality Commission (CQC) visit to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmoreland General, in Kendal, and Furness General, in Barrow-in-Furness, concerns were raised in six out of ten individual areas in relation to maternity care.

The trust was found to be “compliant” in four of the ten standards assessed, but there were “moderate” concerns in three and “major” concerns in three.

The Trust said it had taken proactive action to address one major concern - out of hours emergency team and theatre staffing - and the three moderate concerns - respecting and involving people who use services, cleanliness and infection control and record keeping.

But there are two areas of major concern to the CQC that the trust said still require further action, which are the safety and suitability of premises and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

The Review of Compliance also said that all the mothers talked with during the visit in July 2011 expressed “satisfaction” with the care and support they had received from midwives.

For a full report and reaction, see next week’s Lancaster Guardian.

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