Maternity services changes a hit with mothers
Jul 29 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
MATERNITY services are working well despite the opposition, a health report reveals today.
The women and children’s service model is the “right one” health chiefs say.
They have reviewed the service almost a year after the birth centre at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the consultant-led services at Calderdale Royal Hospital became stand alone.
And despite huge opposition to the changes and the ongoing MOMS campaign to restore service to Huddersfield, the health trust is happy with the way maternity services are delivered.
In a report commissioned by NHS Kirklees, findings include:
99% rated the Huddersfield Family Birth Centre (HFBC) excellent or good.
From February 1 2008 to January 31 this year there had been 64 formal complaints relating to the children’s and women’s service.
80% of women transferred from HRI to CRH were first time mothers.
21 women were transferred after starting contractions but before full dilation and 10 were transferred after full dilation to the birth of the baby.
Consultant led clinical incidents dropped from 425 to 283.
The average time for calling an ambulance to getting to CRH was 35 minutes.
The Huddersfield Family Birth Centre opened on March 20 2008 for any mothers-to-be without complications while high-risk maternity services moved to the Calderdale Royal on August 4.
The report says: “The reconfiguration of the Women and Children’s service has been the most scrutinised service change delivered by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
“It remains a sensitive issue for the local community and there is an acknowledgement that this will remain.
“However, this report shows that six months after reconfiguration, an enormous amount has been delivered and our services are going from strength to strength.
“We are reassured that the service model is the right one and now means these services are fit for purpose and that local service provision is assured for the future.”
The most recent figures the hospital trust could provide were to March when a total of 560 babies had been born at the HFBC.
The report shows that to January, there were 293 births at the centre with 108 transfers to Calderdale.
It is not known how many more women chose to give birth at Calderdale Royal Hospital.