A SURVEY has found that County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust is in the top ten in England for its maternity
The survey for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked women
about their experiences of maternity services. The Trust's scores
for antenatal, labour and birth, as well as post-natal services,
were among the highest nationally. The survey also revealed the
Trust's services have improved since the last survey was carried
out in 2010.
The survey, conducted by the Co-ordination Centre for the NHS
Patient Survey Programme at Picker Institute Europe, looked at
women's experiences of maternity services at 137 NHS Trusts in
England, asking them about various aspects of their care and the
experiences they had before, during and after they gave birth.
The Trust scored:
• 9 out of 10 overall for women's experiences during labour
and birth, compared to 9.4 for the highest Trust score achieved
• 9 out of 10 for staff, compared to 9.1 for the highest Trust
score achieved nationally
• 8.3 out of ten for its antenatal check-ups, compared to a
top score nationally of 8.5
• 8.8 out of 10 for care received in hospital after the birth,
compared to the highest Trust score of 8.9.
Anne Holt, CDDFT's head of midwifery and gynaecological
services, said: "We are thrilled with the results of this survey.
The improvement in patient experience shown in this report reflects
the hard work we've been doing to ensure we're providing women, and
their families, with the best possible experience during pregnancy
and birth, and supporting them afterwards.
"We have been implementing a number of new policies and
initiatives, addressing the public health agenda around breast
feeding support, smoking in pregnancy, as well as a whole host of
training and development work, so we can provide mums-to-be with
the birth they want. For example, we've installed a new birthing
pool at University Hospital of North Durham.
"We have also been developing some specialist roles within our
teams. We have midwives who are breast feeding advisers and teenage
pregnancy advisers, so we can target more vulnerable groups to
improve their experience as well."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the
largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population
of around 600,000 people across County Durham, Darlington, North
Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and South Tyneside. The Trust brings
together hospital, community services and health and wellbeing
services to provide high quality and seamless care for