Maternity services at Derbyshire’s Royal are safest in Midlands

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Maternity services at the Royal are the safest in Midlands, according to a national check carried out last week.

Assessors from the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) found the Calow hospital to be the only one in the Midlands to achieve top marks.

It looked at the general clinical care mums-to-be, new mums and their babies receive, how women with high-risk pregnancy conditions are looked after, how staff communicate with patients and how services and care are organised.

The Royal scored 50 out of 50 on level two of the scheme, securing a £363,000 saving on its insurance contribution to the NHS Litigation Authority, who deal with negligence claims.

Director of nursing and patient care Lynn Andrews said: “This is an excellent outcome and a glowing report. It’s down to the dedication and hard work of staff across maternity and the services that support it. The assessors said it was the quickest assessment they had carried out - they were impressed with the numbers of clinical staff who supported the process and confident with our approach.

“We are delighted to continue to offer local women a maternity service that has been given the stamp of approval for the emphasis it puts on safety and reducing the risk of harm.

“We strive to provide high-quality, safe and people-centred services and this achievement shows we are meeting that goal in our maternity services.

“I am very proud of the midwives, nursing staff, medical and theatre teams and the support workers who have worked together to improve what they do for mums and babies.”

The assessment team highlighted evidence of significant progress since their last visit in 2012, when the hospital achieved the scheme’s first-level. They were impressed with the multi-disciplinary approach the service has – with maternity, theatres and paediatrics working as a team to provide the highest standards for women and babies.

The trust will receive its formal CNST report next month.

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