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Maternity Investment

Newsdate: 24 January 2013

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT (WWL) is delighted to receive additional funding which will further improve our Maternity Unit at Wigan Infirmary.  It will also allow us to give a better birthing experience for women, their partners and their babies.

Marie Cunliffe, Midwifery Matron says: “Our Maternity Service prides itself as being a progressive forward thinking maternity unit, with staff who are committed to ensuring a fulfilling birth experience, for all families who choose to have care here. Therefore, we put in a bid to secure additional funding to further improve the physical environment of maternity as well as additional equipment.  We recognise that supporting women and their partners in a relaxed, safe and calm environment is essential to a good birthing experience, so we are thrilled to have been successful.”

The Maternity service transferred from Billinge Hospital in June 2004 to a purpose built new unit on the Wigan site.  However, some equipment and furniture from Billinge needed to be transferred to the new unit, some of which was several years old at the time. Therefore, after consulting expectant mothers as part of this exercise for the bid, we decided that if successful we would improve the physical environment of the unit in addition to buying new equipment.

The improvement to the environment will also provide better, more comfortable facilities for fathers who remain with their partners throughout labour, delivery and during the postnatal period.

The funding will be used to make the surroundings in the birthing rooms and across the unit more comfortable with better facilities to allow women and their families to have a calm, comfortable and supportive room in which to give birth. We are putting in soft lighting, refreshment faculties and CD players with Ipod docking stations for each birthing room.  We have also allocated some funding to buy specialist cots and beds, reclining chairs for expectant fathers to be well rested and comfortable, as well as special resuscitators with heaters.

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