West Suffolk Hospital’s maternity unit up for a national award

West Suffolk Hospital, Bury.
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury.

The care provided to new mothers and their babies at West Suffolk Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award celebrating excellence in maternity services.

The trust has been recognised for “excellence on maternity care” by healthcare intelligence expert CHKS as part of its Top Hospitals awards programme.

West Suffolk was shortlisted along with 14 other hospitals following an analysis of nine indicators, including caesarean rates, length of stay, complications, readmissions and injuries.

CHKS also took into account three indicators from the Care Quality Commission’s 2013 maternity survey when drawing up the shortlist.

Patricia Davis, head of midwifery and general manager at the hospital, said: “We are really pleased that our maternity services have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“It is a testament to our staff, who work hard to provide the best possible care to the women and babies in our care.”

The 15 trusts shortlisted for the award, which represent the top 10 per cent of the 148 NHS maternity providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will now submit further evidence about their maternity services.

CHKS will then announce a final shortlist of three trusts which will be visited by a panel of maternity and healthcare quality experts and invited to an awards ceremony in London during May.

Jason Harries, managing director at CHKS, said: “These hospital trusts should be congratulated on reaching the final 15 and for the quality of maternity services that they provide.

“This rigorous analysis will be followed by further assessment by a panel of experts and three trusts will be selected to receive the excellence in maternity care award.”

The announcement comes after West Suffolk won the CHKS Top Hospital award for the quality of care it provides in both 2011 and 2012.