NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is aiming to ensure that local maternity care is safe, high quality and delivered at the right time, in the right place to give every child in the city the best start in life.
The CCG is committed to patient and public involvement in planning and decision-making. Patients, carers, clinicians, the public, NHS partners and voluntary organisations are being invited to comment on the DRAFT Maternity Services Strategy for Hull (2013-2018), which has been developed following the public consultation in 2012. Comments on the strategy are invited until 12 July 2013.
The Strategy outlines the vision for maternity care in Hull and the proposed work plan that will deliver improved patient experience and clinical outcomes - in partnership with other organisations. The work plan is in its early stages of development and will be updated and reviewed on a regular basis.
The five year plan includes working with maternity and community service providers, GPs and public health colleagues to:
• increase the number of women who have normal births each year;
• improve the quality and availability of information about maternity services given to women and their partners;
• improve early access to midwifery and antenatal care;
• increase the availability of Birth Preparation and Parent Education courses for women and their partners
• improve early identification of women with high risk factors and additional needs and provide responsive services that meet those needs;
• support the development of the alongside Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals.
Dr Dan Roper, Local GP and NHS Hull CCG lead for Maternity Services, said:
“Some of the findings from the joint Hull and East Riding maternity services consultation on choice of place of birth have helped to shape our strategy. “
“This is a key document that outlines how high quality, clinically safe and sustainable maternity services will contribute towards our vision of Creating a Healthier Hull. We therefore want as many people as possible to share their views, at this early stage, on the plans for improving local maternity care.”
Comments to be received by 12 July 2013