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WWL is delivering on maternity care

Local mums have rated Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s maternity care highly, according to the National Maternity Survey.

The 2019 survey asked over 17,000 women in England who had a baby in February under the Trust’s care last year to score their experience against a number of factors.

They scored how maternity staff cared for them during labour and birth, as well as the experience, as an average nine out of ten.

Many women rated their care at home after birth good, especially the information and support they receive.

The unit also scored positively around our midwives listening to our users and taking their personal circumstances into account. The service asking the women in our care about their mental health, postnatal care choice and whether they had confidence in our teams in the community also scored highly in the survey.

Members of the Maternity Team at WWL

Fiona Bryant, Head of Midwifery at WWL: “To hear that so many women who have given birth with us have been satisfied with the care they’ve received is amazing.

“It’s testament to the incredible work our staff do day in and day out, who are driven by a passion to providing the best possible care to our new mums and their families during pregnancy, birth and when they go home.

“We know there are improvements we can always make and are doing so, but these findings reassure me that we’re on the right track to making our services better.”

Our maternity services provide care to more than 3,000 women and their babies every year, either at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan and out in the community.

Local families have already been praising WWL’s new Transitional Care Unit, designed to support keeping mothers and their premature babies together.

Babies who are born between 35 and 37 weeks will be put on the Transitional Care Unit, based on the Maternity Ward, staffed collaboratively by Neonatal Nurse and Midwives.

Those babies that are born after 37 weeks who need extra support can also be cared for on the Unit.

The national maternity survey was undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).