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King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, voted best hospital in East Midlands for child birth

By Sharon Hodkin

New mums have rated King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, as the best hospital in the East Midlands for giving birth, as well as the best in the region for the staff that helped them to deliver their babies, according to a recent patient satisfaction survey.

New data from the Care Quality Commission’s national survey of maternity experience shows that Sherwood Forest Hospitals, which runs King’s Mill Hospital, is the best performing trust in the local area when it comes to women giving birth­— joint with United Lincolnshire Hospitals ­— and joint best for maternity staff.

Some of the areas in which the the hospital scored highly included the promotion of skin-to-skin contact after birth, partners being able to be involved in the birth as much as they want to be, and staff treating new mums with respect and dignity during the birth and speaking to them in a way that they understood.

Credit: King's Mill Hospital (7062102)
Credit: King's Mill Hospital (7062102)

Women were particularly impressed with the way they were given time at antenatal check-ups to ask questions and discuss their pregnancy, and their ability to be involved in making decisions about their care. Once their baby was at home, new mums reported having confidence in the midwives that visited.

The national survey asked 17,611 mums across the country who gave birth in February 2018 about their experiences. The data covered 129 NHS Trusts and 93 responses came from women who had given birth at King’s Mill Hospital.

Samantha Appleby, 32, of Tuxford, gave birth to Seth at King’s Mill Hospital.

She said: “My whole birth experience has been a positive one. As soon as the baby was born I was strongly encouraged to have skin-on-skin contact, which is important, and all of the staff that we encountered have been reassuring throughout. My partner Dan was also encouraged to be involved at every part.”

Deputy divisional head of nursing and midwifery at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Penny Cole, said: “We’re very proud to have been recognised as one of the top trusts in the region, and that it’s based on feedback from our new mums.

“The care we provide to women and their babies, and the experience they have while giving birth with us, is very important to us and these findings are testament to the hard work and dedication of our maternity team.”


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