New mothers at Salisbury District Hospital have rated the quality of care and level of support they receive highly in an independent Care Quality Commission survey of NHS maternity units.
The survey looked at women’s experiences of care provided by hospital and community staff from early pregnancy to four weeks after the birth. When compared with all 137 providers of maternity services, Salisbury District Hospital scored well and was in the better performing category in the majority of the areas women were questioned about.
Fiona Coker, Head of Midwifery and Neonatal Services said: “Women’s views are very important to us and we are very pleased to hear that they think we are offering a high quality, responsive service at Salisbury District Hospital. Their views suggest that Salisbury is better than many other Trusts at treating women in labour. Respect and dignity was a key factor in the scores and comments that we received. We believe it’s essential that women are fully involved and are considered to be partners in all decisions about their care, and this also came through strongly in the survey.”
“However, we are not complacent and we will continue to strive for improvements wherever we feel we can. For instance, by offering more choices to women around the place of birth and this will be something we will be working on in the near future.”
Mrs Coker added: “These results should give women and their partners confidence in our ability to meet their needs during the pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. Our staff work hard to provide the very best experience that they can and these results give them the recognition they deserve for their professionalism and the care they give to mothers and their family.”
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170