Staff to unveil £700k upgrade of birthing facilities at city hospital

Princess Anne HospitalPatients and staff will mark the completion of a £700,000 upgrade of birthing facilities at the Princess Anne Hospital with an official opening ceremony tomorrow (Thursday).

The project, funded jointly by the Department of Health and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, includes two new en-suite birthing rooms and a larger recovery area for women who have elective caesarean sections. 

It has also involved a general renovation of some existing labour ward and day unit facilities, as well as new waiting rooms for women and their partners at the busy maternity hospital, which was the setting for the first two series of Channel 4’s award-winning documentary One Born Every Minute.

Maria Dore, head of midwifery at UHS, said: “We are delighted that our labour ward birthing environment has been upgraded and we look forward to marking the occasion with an official opening event.

“The development will not only allow us to provide our women and their babies with a refreshingly new setting, but ensure better privacy and dignity for them.’’

Staff, patients and families will be joined by Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, and Suzanne Tyler, policy adviser for the RCM, at the opening, which takes place on labour ward (d level) at the Princess Anne Hospital at 11.30am.

Posted on Wednesday 9 July 2014