Warwick Hospital’s maternity department has been given a glowing report by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who made an unannounced visit to the site last month.
The inspectors from the CQC, the official healthcare regulator for England, assessed the trust on respecting and involving people who use services, the care and welfare provided to them and the safety, availability and suitability of equipment, staffing and supporting workers.
Their findings, based largely on observing and speaking to patients, relatives and staff, stated that the hospital’s maternity services meet all the standards set by the CQC.
Among the comments inspectors noted from patients were: “All the nurses are brilliant”; “My antenatal nurses were brilliant they explained everything to me and made sure I understood”; “My partner has been involved all the way through. Staff kept both of us well informed”.
The report comes at a good time for the hospital’s maternity department, which has secured £180,000 of Department of Health funding to refurbish its labour rooms, build en-suite facilities for each one and create a new staff base.
Warwick Hospital’s director of nursing Helen Lancaster said: “I am really pleased that the CQC report reflects the excellent maternity services we provide.
“We are committed to providing mothers with a caring and compassionate maternity service. This is demonstrated by so many women from neighbouring areas choosing our services.”
Meanwhile, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust - which runs Warwick Hospital - and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust have both been given the lowest risk rating in a separate assessment by the CQC. SWFT’s chief executive Glen Burley said: “Patient safety is our number one priority, so I am really pleased.”