The review uses information from questionnaires and national data and covers the first contact pregnant women have with the service to around 28 days after the birth.
Twenty-five indicators provide scores in three key areas: clinical focus, women-centred care and efficiency. Clinical focus takes into account antenatal and post natal care, delivery outcomes, safety, and medical interventions. Women centred care focuses on choice and support and efficiency and capability takes into account staffing levels, facilities and cleanliness.
Each service is then given an overall rating of Best Performing, Better Performing, Fair Performing and Least Well Performing, based on whether the Trust provides a high quality value for money maternity service.
Caroline Brunt, Head of Midwifery and Neonatal Care said: “Our overall rating shows that we provide a good quality caring service which is excellent news for the unit and the local community. It gives women who are considering where to have their baby information about Salisbury District Hospital and the service we provide.”
Mrs Brunt added: “The review found that as well as providing good standards of care, women benefit from good continuity of care and high quality support from the early stages of their pregnancy to after their discharge home. Post natal care and particularly support in their choice of infant feeding are recognised within the review.”
The Trust acknowledges that in some areas inadequate information was available and automatically affected the scores. Where this was the case the Trust will address this issue with the introduction of a new maternity IT system this year.
Mrs Brunt said: “ The review provides local people with assurances about the quality of care we give to women and the level of support and choice they receive when they are here. This together with the feedback we received recently in the maternity survey of women’s own personal experiences, demonstrated the high standards and professionalism of our staff at Salisbury District Hospital.” Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ.
Tel: 01722 425170