Maternity service praised in survey

Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital
Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital

Hospital bosses say the district’s maternity services are among the best in the country in many aspects of care following a patient survey.

A study by the Care Quality Commission found improvements had been made in maternity services at Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals since 2010.

Almost 200 women took part in a survey on their experiences of antenatal care, labour and birth and postnatal services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

The organisation scored above average on seven questions and was “about the same” in the remaining 38 questions in the survey.

Mid Yorkshire was better than most trusts for involving mothers in decision about antenatal care and taking personal circumstances into account, and asking mums how they were feeling during care at home after birth. Anne Ward, head of midwifery, said: “We are delighted that the results of this survey are so positive. We strive to provide the most effective, compassionate and safe care for mums, babies and their families at such an important time in their lives and we’re always working to improve our services.

“We are now looking at the CQC’s findings to review in detail what mothers have told us about their care, to see if there are opportunities to make the service even better.” Mid Yorkshire scored just 4.9 out of ten for offering expectant mothers a choice of where to give birth, and 3.1 for giving a choice of where antenatal check-ups would take place, both “about the same” as other hospital trusts.

Mrs Ward said: “We recognise there are areas where we have further work to do and we are striving to make improvements for parents and babies at every stage of care.”

Mid Yorkshire said that since 2010, significant improvements had been made in offering choices of location for antenatal check-ups, despite the low score this time. Improvements had also been made in speaking to antenatal patients in a way they could understand and involving antenatal patients in decisions about their care.