London hospital maternity units to receive cash boost
12:26 24 January 2013
Twenty London hospitals are to receive extra government funding to improve their maternity units.
Hospitals to receive funding (amount in bold)
Chelsea & Westminster £274,000
Ealing Hospital £301,000
Epsom Hospital £318,000
Hillingdon Hospital £741,000
Homerton Hospital £348,710
Kingston Hospital £219,000
Croydon Healthcare £309,000
Newham University Hospital £19,000
Northwick Park & St Marks Hospital £168,000
Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley £52,000
Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital £70,000
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich £400,000
Queen’s Hospital, Romford £181,000
St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington £300,000
Royal Free, Hampstead £251,000
Royal London Hospital £495,000
St Georges Hospital, Tooting £49,000
St Helier Hospital £177,000
West Middlesex University Hospital £210,000
Whittington Hospital £750,000
More than £5.6 million will be shared among trusts who successfully applied last November to the Department of Health for the financial boost.
The cash will go towards projects including birthing pools, new midwife-led units, more en-suite facilities, and better bereavement spaces in the case of a death or a stillborn baby.
Health Minister Dan Poulter said: “A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time.
“We are now going to see huge improvements to maternity services right across the country, from birthing pools to family rooms and even new midwifery-led units.
“These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.”
Hospitals which applied for the funding had to produce evidence that parents wanted the changes. A total of £25m has been distributed to trusts across the country.
Other improvements include equipment that gives expectant mothers more freedom to move around and change position while in labour and facilities that allow women to choose if they want a bath or shower.
Bids were judged by a panel that included experts from the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of The Royal College of Midwives’, said: “Dozens of new birthing pools, eight new midwife-led units, more en suite facilities in dozens of units, and lots more besides.
“It is great to learn about the positive changes that this extra £25m will make to many units up and down the country.”